Gunung Mulu National Park Facts

Gunung Mulu National Park Facts
Gunung Mulu National Park is a 204 square mile park located on the island of Borneo, in Sarawak, Malaysia. The park is most well-known for its karst features and biodiversity, and it is home to the largest cave chamber on earth. The park was founded in 1974 and is named after Mount Mulu - Sarawaks' second tallest mountain. Expeditions into the caves in the park are famous, with the most notable occurring between 1977 and 1978 which brought more than 100 scientists into the expedition for 15 months. The Mulu Caves Project followed, with a series of 20 more expeditions. In 2000, UNESCO designated the park a World Heritage Site.
Interesting Gunung Mulu National Park Facts:
Features of Gunung Mulu National Park include vast networks of caves, cliffs, gorges, very large caves, rock pinnacles, and Mount Mulu.
The largest chamber room in the world is Sarawak Chamber, located in Gua Nasib Bagus. This chamber room is 230 feet high, 2,300 feet long, and 1,299 feet wide. To put this into perspective - the chamber could hold 40 Boeing 747s without overlapping them.
Other notable caves found in Gunung Mulu National Park include Deer Cave, Benarat Cavern, Clearwater Cave, and Cave of the Winds.
There have been 27 bat species located in Gunung Mulu National Park, as well as 8 hornbill species.
There are several amphibians that cannot be found elsewhere including the squat frog and stream toad.
There are roughly 3,500 vascular plant species in Gunung Mulu National Park in seventeen different vegetation zones.
There are eight different forest types found in Gunung Mulu National Park which can include peat swamp, mixed dipterocarp and health, moss forest, stunted upper montage, and ferns, fungi and pitcher plants.
There are 170 wild orchid species found in the park.
Gunung Mulu National Park is home to 75 mammal species, 262 bird species, 47 fish species, 281 butterfly species, 74 frog species, and at least 458 species of ants.
There are 109 palm species found in Gunung Mulu National Park.
There is a 2,377 meter high sandstone mountain called Gunung Mulu in the park, the second tallest mountain in Sarawak after Mount Murud.
Wildlife found in Gunung Mulu National Park includes moonrats, shrews, bearded pigs, Bornean tarsiers, long-tailed macaques, mouse deer, small barking deer, gibbons, squirrels, and the small Malaysian sun bear.
There are trails and treks that visitors can take in Gunung Mulu National Park including Gunung Mulu Summit Trek (4 day hike with overnight breaks in jungle camps), the Headhunter's Trail (which includes boating and trekking and overnight stays along the way), and the Pinnacles Summit Trek (which includes trekking and boating and overnight stays along the way).
Adventure caving is popular in Gunung Mulu National Park. Popular adventure cave tours for this activity include Lagang Cave, Racer Cave, Clearwater Connection, and Sarawak Chamber.
There are four show caves in the park that only require day trips to visit including Wing Cave, Clearwater Cave, Lang's Cave, and Deer Cave. These are considered the most beautiful or unique caves in the park.

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