Discover exciting flora and fauna at Taman Tumbina Bintulu
Established in 1990 by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and declared a Special Area under the Public Parks And Greens Ordinance, 1993 on June 17, 1993, Taman Tumbina Bintulu spans over an area of 57 hectares and offers an impressive collection of flora and fauna. In fact, the park’s name itself isa combination of the words ‘tumbuhan’ (Malay for plant) and ‘binatang’ (Malay for animal). Hence, ‘Tumbina’.
The first of its kind in Sarawak, the park has various mammals, reptiles, birds and fish of both local species and those of other continents around the world. As far as animals are concerned, the Panthera Tigris, or simply known to all as the tiger, is the star attraction at Taman Tumbina Bintulu. Within the same area, you can also find the much smaller Leopard Cat and other felines. Bearcats, sunbears, civets and deer are among other mammals that inhabit this park.
In the trees and sometimes on the ground, squirrels roam the park freely. If you’re lucky, they might just come down to take a closer look at the rather peculiar looking humans that enter their domain. Taman Tumbina Bintulu is also the only place in Sarawak where you can catch sight of the Greater Flamingos, one of many species of flamingos found across the globe. They are the stars of the park’s aviary, along with the Ostrich and other birds like eagles, owls and hornbills. If you’re a big fan of the Jurassic Park series, you’ll find that the hornbills make sounds like that of the movie’s famed Velociraptors.
Besides the aforesaid, the park is home to the gigantic Arapaima Gigas from the Amazon Basin, the estuarine crocodile and colourful butterflies too! And then there are, of course, the ‘flora’. Cacti, ferns as well as wide variety of trees and shrubs thrive here at Taman Tumbina Bintulu. The park houses the largest collection of orchids in the Northern Region of Sarawak, including the must-see Normah Orchid. Towering trees provide plenty of shades that are perfect for leisurely strolls up and down the hilly slopes of the park.
Ideal for outings with family and friends, with plenty of fun activities like ostrich riding, bird feeding and jungle trekking, Taman Tumbina Bintulu is one place you should include in your bucket-list of attractions to visit when you’re in Sarawak’s booming Industrial Town. Just 5 kilometres away from Bintulu Town Centre, it’s fairly easy to get to and fun to be at.
The park is located within Tanjung Batu Recreational Area, at the end of Jalan Tun Razak. 5km from Bintulu town centre. Public transport like buses and taxis are readily available. Admission to the park is free and opens daily from 9am to 4.30pm. For more information visit www.tumbina.com.my or call +6086 337 709/ 337 710