Outing To FRIM

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research in the world. Founded in 1929, the former Forest Research Institute became a fully-fledged statutory body, governed by the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board (MFRDB) under the Ministry of Primary Industries, in 1985.

Visit To FRIM was organized by Persatuan Siswazah Fakulti Farmasi (PSFFAR) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on 16th April 2014 with aims to gain knowledge about research by FRIM and to experience attractions facilities provided by FRIM. FRIM research areas are include forestry and environment, forestry biotechnology, forest biodiversity, natural products, and forest products. Meanwhile, various attractions offered by FRIM are include canopy walkway, research gallery, nature activities, nature trails, Malay traditional house, etc.

Great impression when author entered the FRIM area was how green this environment about. You absolutely can breathe clean and fresh air far away from frenzy busy city of Kuala Lumpur. All sets provided you a great feeling of how remarkable nature can soothe your mind and soul. With their dedication to maintain clean environment, no rubbish, especially polystyrene packages are allowed in FRIM. Otherwise, you must pay RM 1.00 for every single rubbish.

FRIM Research Gallery presented various collections of Malaysian medicinal plants and herbs, insects, and endangered species of animals. The gallery also exhibited the traditional house of Malay ancestors completed with their traditional equipment such as for kitchen (wood-burning stove, pottery, etc.), music entertainment (gong, drum, flute, etc.), and handcrafts (boat and boat miniatures).

It seems that the main destination of most visitors was canopy walkway. People must walk up along the canopy trail in order to experience the “Canopy Walkway” and see panoramic view of the forest. Of course, such a great experience. The forest also presented a view of pattern of canopy forest as can be seen in the featured image. Most of these trees are belong to the family Dipterocarpaceae.

Another unique feature is the present of giant fish known as Araipama gigas (10-13 ft), which is actually a predatory fish native to the Amazon basin in South America (Get more info in here).

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Postgraduate students of Faculty of Pharmacy, UKM

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom”

(Socrates)

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