2010 Wildlife and Nature Events
The Malaysia 2010 wildlife and nature events listed in this web-page include some of the official events organized by the various state and tourism departments in Malaysia.
There are also events organized by the Malaysian Nature Society, World Wide Fund for Wildlife (WWF) and other non-governmental organizations, corporations and societies.
The events and sports listed below are generally selected based on their close association with wildlife or nature, such as water-sports, bird-watching or flora shows.
There are of course many other 2010 wildlife and nature events in Malaysia that have been planned but yet to be finalized. Hopefully they will be added here when confirmed and announced.
So do check this webpage from time to time for updates. And please contact the organisers for confirmation of the events if you wish to participate, as there may be last minute changes, postponements, etc.
2010 Wildlife and Nature Events in Malaysia
Event : Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Gear up for lots of thrill and excitement on the beaches and the high seas. Participants from various countries across the Asia Pacific Region and more than 40 yachts will compete at The Royal Langkawi International Regatta.
Event : Raptor Watch Week 2010
The Malaysian Nature Society once again organizes this annual event. Come and join the fun at the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve and watch the birds in a serene and tranquil surrounding. Thousands of raptors return north after the winter season and rest awhile at Port Dickson on their way back.
Event : Penang Orchid Festival
Organised by the Penang Botanic Gardens, it is a showcase of orchids by experienced and dedicated orchid growers with displays of more than 300 orchids of 35 species found in the country and elsewhere.
Event : Kelantan Floral Fiesta
Check out the many species of flowers and flowering plants found in the state of Kelantan, especially the beautiful orchids of various colors and species exhibited there.
Event : 11th Sabah Adventure Challenge 2010
The 11th Sabah Adventure Challenge is a three-day Adventure Race. This 150 kilometer racecourse comprises of bamboo rafting, tyre tubing, mountain biking, trail hiking and roping up and around the famed Crocker Range of North Borneo and into the Tambunan valley through Kadazandusun villages in remote areas.
Event : 17th Regatta Lepa
The quaint town of Semporna comes to life with the unique Regatta Lepa, a competition held for the Bajau seafarers to crown the most beautiful traditional sailboat. Visitors can also witness tele-matches such as the boat tug-war, kayak racing and boat racing during this colorful event. This gateway to some of the world's best dive sites is also famed for finger-licking fresh seafood!
Event : Sabah International Fishing Tournament
Sabah waters have some of the best sites for the challenge and excitement of game fishing. The tournament not only promotes the sport, but also hopes to encourage preservation, conservation and protection of rich marine resources from exploitation.
Event : Melaka River Fiesta
The water festival will see excitement and fun-filled activities along the Melaka River. This event is organized by the Melaka River and Beach Development Corporation.
Event : Pahang River International River-Rafting Expedition
The annual Sungai Pahang International River Rafting Expedition, with daily stops at villages on the riverbank, takes around 100 participants the length of the Pahang River till the rivermouth at Bandar Pekan DiRaja.
This event is to educate and promote public awareness on careful usage, protection, preservation and management of rivers to prevent pollution and death of river systems.
Event : Penang Floral Festival 2010
A wonderful splash of colors and floral designs await visitors in the decorated Botanical Gardens. So don't forget to bring along your camera and snap photos of beautiful trees and unique plants, and at the same time learn about conservation and the environment.
Event : 25th Sabah Dragon Boat Race 2010
A traditional Chinese event of boats bearing dragon heads that evolved from myths and legends has now grown into one the main highlights of the year for tourism. The exciting races have attracted not only the locals but also teams from as far as Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Brunei. The event is jointly organized by the Sabah Tourism Board, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn.Bhd and the Sabah Chinese Culture Association.
Event : Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010
This annual event, will excite all bird lovers, especially bird-watchers and bird-photographers. It is organized by the Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser, the objectives of the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race are to create public awareness on preserving nature and promoting Fraser's Hill as a popular bird sanctuary and birders paradise.
Event : Pesta Rumbia
This festival, organized by the District Office of Kuala Penyu, celebrates the many uses of the sago palm and its significance to the local community. Find out how this plant is processed into rooftops, handicrafts and traditional delicacies, and participate in unique activities and games.
Event : 13th Mabul Marine Day and 3rd Mabul Marine Week
Organised by the Sipadan Water Village Resort, this annual conservation program includes the clean up of the sea and its reefs, coral transplanting, exhibitions and various conservation activities. This event is to promote marine awareness among villagers, stakeholders, divers and the public, to protect the marine life found in the islands.
Event : 1st Club Crew Championship for Commonwealth Countries
This is the first ever held championship among Commonwealth countries. Rowers from different crew clubs come together to compete in this fastest growing water sports in this region. This championship is organized by the Penang Dragon Boat International Festival Committee.
Date : 6th - 8th August 2010
The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge (RPBIC) is an annual event held since 2004 and is organised by the Joran Unit of the Berita Harian, a Malay language newspaper. The RPBIC is an International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) qualifying circuit and the winning team of the RPBIC 2010 will be invited to compete in the IGFA Offshore World Championship.
Event : Local Fruits Exhibition
Every Thursday & Friday in the month of August 2010, savor Sabah's many local fruits such as the durian, rambutan, tarap, puhutan and many other varieties at the Monsopiad Cultural Village, the organizer of this event.
Event : Borneo Bird Festival 2010
Jointly organized by the Sabah Tourism Board and Malaysian Nature Society, birders, bird-photographers, bird-watchers and bird enthusiasts from all over the world will be here for this 2nd bird festival, first held last year. Sabah is home to more than 568 bird species, four of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Event : 24th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2010
Organised by Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd, this Climbathon is part of the Sky Runners World Series Circuit for the 9th consecutive year and is the only race in the circuit that is held outside Europe. So if you can only walk up a hill, don't take this challenge to run up and down Mt. Kinabalu (4095.2 m) with a total distance of 21 kilometers. While the average climber takes two days to climb this mountain, every year winners of the race usually make it less than 3 hours up and down. Dubbed as "The World's Toughest Mountain Race", this race is a true challenge to the spirit of human endurance.
Event : Inaugural Langkawi Birding and Fotofest 2010
Celebrate all things birds and wildlife set within one of the world’s most beautiful group of islands in the world. Join BirdRace, Wildlife Photography Competitions, lectures and workshops on conservation, eco-tourism and exhibitions of the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts.
Go to this birdfestival blog for more information on this event.
Do check also the website of the Malaysian Nature Society to find wildlife and nature activities where you can participate.
Better still, join the society and by doing so you donate and help it spread awareness for conservation and protection of Malaysian wildlife and environment.
Hopefully the 2010 wildlife and nature events listed above will generate greater appreciation of wildlife and nature by the general public, and create awareness on the need for responsibility to preserve and conserve our wonderful and unique natural heritage.
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