A species of the famed Rafflesia flower (R. cantleyi) can be found in the forest fringes close to the Orang Asli village of Ulu Geroh, in Gopeng, Perak. The SEMAI group was set up with the help of MNS to protect the Rafflesia sites here, through education and awareness among the Semai orang asli community in Ulu Geroh.
The group aims to develop sustainable income to the locals, through responsible eco-tourism activities focused on the Rafflesia as well as the beautiful Rajah Brooke birdwing butterflies, that congregate here in large colonies.
The programme also brings together government agencies, local communities as well as non-governmental organisations towards the management and conservation of the important Rafflesia site.
A one-day package tour is available, which includes viewing of the Rafflesia and Rajah Brooke butterflies, watching a cultural performance and a picnic at the waterfalls.
Sources of Funds: UNDP Small Grants Programme, corporate sponsorship, tourism
Volunteers are needed to help sustain the initiative.
Towards the Main range from Gopeng town, pass Gopeng Nature Resport and Sungai Kampar. A 4 wheel drive is required to negotiate after this point. Van hire can be arranged. Please contact SEMAI for details.
Sahabat Eko-Pelancongan Dan Memulihara Alam Indah (SEMAI)
|Bah Insan (Chairman of SEMAI)Contact Person|
|+6012 414 0271 (Bah Azmi) / +6012 645 6254 (Omar)Phone Number|
|+6012 400 7564 (Bah Insan) / +6012 559 7414 (Sani)Phone Number|
|Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Geroh, Gopeng, PerakAddress|