- Panagiotis Spiliotis04,2019
Panagiotis Spiliotis (b.1991) is a Greek and Irish trained botanist and plant ecologist based in his hometown of Brussels. After graduating from his Master’s degree in plant taxonomy from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, took some time away from studies to pursue other interests and goals, and develop abilities and skills not often associated with academia, including landscaping, carpentry and sales of high end luxury chocolate. After three years of successful employment in different industries, he traveled to Malaysia to undertake a large botanically themed project here in Rimbun Dahan. Other than pure taxonomy and systematics, his main area of interest in his discipline is ex-situ conservation of endangered species, focusing on how botanic gardens and conservation sites can manage, sustain and maximise the positive impact they can have on fighting the ongoing crisis of extinction caused by anthropogenic habitat loss and the destruction of our biotope. He is a ...
- Barred Eagle Owl08,2018
Yesterday, our staff found this dying Barred Eagle Owl on the ground near the front compound. "The barred eagle-owl (Bubo sumatranus), also called the Malay eagle-owl, is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is a member of the large genus Bubo which is distributed on most of the world's continents. This relatively little-known species is found from the southern Malay Peninsula down a string of several of the larger southeast Asian islands to as far as Borneo." - wikipedia It looked like it ate a poisonous or poisoned animal and subsequently poisoned itself. We at Rimbun Dahan are against poisoning rodents (we choose to catch and humanely kill them) to avoid affecting their natural predators like the owl or other animals in the vicinity. It is also possible that this one accidentally ate a poisonous animal or snake. We do have several Barred Eagle Owl nests in Rimbun Dahan but ...
- Kemian Hitam07,2018
Our staff found some lumps of kemian hitam, a type of aromatic resin that came from the rotting wood of Canarium littorale or kedondong bulan which had been struck by lightning a while ago. Half of the tree was killed and rotting on the ground. The resin has a very nice fragrance when burned. According to the Internet it is also associated with occult practices: it may be used to summon "makhluk halus alam bawahan, Jin Tanah, Jin Pokok, Jin Batu dan yang sebangsa dengannya." A comment on our facebook post claims that kemian hitam is used in smoking and cleaning woven textile such as songket, limar and kelingkam by suspending the cloth on a rack of netting and smoking kemian beneath it. This method is thought to kill bugs that may feed on the textile as well as get rid of mold.
- Shorea materialis06,2018
In April, we had a massive flowering of Shorea materialis, commonly called "balau pasir", on one of several huge trees planted in the early 90s. Now we have a crop of tens of thousands of seedlings carpeting the ground. Norsham Yaakob has already taken over a thousand to grow on at FRIM.
- Monocled Cobra Killed by Dogs09,2013
The Rimbun Dahan dogs cornered this small specimen in a drain and dispatched it, but not before it reared, displaying the diagnostic cobra's hood. The single circular marking on the back of the head identifies it as the Monocled Cobra, Naja naja kaouthia, a venomous snake which is fairly common, occuring in a range of habitats, including those impacted by humans, and usually feeding on rodents.
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- September 2013 — The dogs dispatch a juvenile Monocled Cobra.
- August 2012 — A dangerous tree is felled and a juvenile palm civet is rescued from the gallery.
- July 2012 — Another attack by a python in the chicken coop.
- May 2012 — Otters are back for a renewed assault on the fishponds, as well as on the Rimbun Dahan dogs!
- January 2012 — Otters are sighted at Rimbun Dahan for the first time, as they decimate the fishponds.
- Sept 2010 — In a La Nina year, lots of plants are flowering in the garden.
- February 2010 — Gold-whiskered barbet makes itself at home, while falconets and dollar birds fight it out.
- Dec 2009 — A pair of Barred Eagle-Owls take up residence in the garden, and a Drongo Cuckoo tries to take up residence in the house.
- Nov 2009 — A sudden gust of wind felled our mature specimen of Shorea sumatrana, leaving the courtyard covered in debris and dramatically puncturing the storeroom roof!
- Nov 2009 — The tiny raptors called Black-thighed Falconets feast on dragonflies.
- Nov 2009 — A short-lived Lime Butterfly, Papileo demoleus, is admired by all.
- Sept 2009 – A red meranti, Shorea acuminata, fruiting for the first time.
- July 2009 – A baby wild boar bites Sham!
- July 2009 – Sightings of a large beruk in the garden.
- April 2009 – Several native trees, including Firmiana malayana, Kayea grandis and Baccaurea lanceolata, are showing signs of flowers and fruits.
- March 2009 – In the New Malaysian landscape of oil palms, lalang and non-indigenous acacia trees, the Baya Weavers have made a new home.
- February 2009 – Visits from Oriental Pied Hornbills, and witnessing the migration of the Ashy Minivet.
- January 2009 – Our snake of the month, a self-inflating Copperhead Ratsnake.
- November 2008 – Several new sightings, despite a wet gray month.
- October 2008 – Snakes and snake food — a bronzeback swallowing a lizard, and poor little innocent chicks!
- October 2008 – Diameter at breast height (dbh) of some dipterocarps at Rimbun Dahan.
- September 2008 – Shorea sumatrana, a critically endangered species of forest tree, is flowering for the first time at Rimbun Dahan. Its blooms will be immortalised by resident botanical artist Lauren Black.
- July 2008 – An Oriental Whip Snake poses for a portrait.
- June 2008 – The beautiful but shy blue-winged pittas have returned to Rimbun Dahan to breed, much further south than previously recorded. Their nest has been discovered in an abandoned woodpile and their calls can be heard all over the garden.
- May 2008 – Like a bull in a chinashop, a reticulated python laid waste to the Rimbun Dahan chicken coop. Two hens were killed and one eaten, then hastily regurgitated as the python attempted to escape.
- April 2008 – How much a garden can grow in seventeen years! From a few saplings and not much shade to riotous greenery — check out the before and after images.
- December 2007 – Four new bird species have been spotted at Rimbun Dahan recently — the Rufous Woodpecker, Purple Heron, Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo, and Stripe-Throated Bulbul — much to our resident birdwatchers’ delight!
- August 2007 – A pair of the shy and unusual Blue-Winged Pittas has been sighted several times in the garden at Rimbun Dahan over the last week. Usually a winter migrant to this area, these pittas might even be a breeding pair!
- June 2007 – A Black-Crowned Night Heron visits the pond at Rimbun Dahan.
- May 2007 – A bevy of butterflies come to visit the flowering Hoya carnosa.
- April 2007 – As the Selangor State Government will not guarantee the protection of the Sungai Buloh Nature Park, some specimens of rare water plant Cryptocoryne minima have been transferred to a new home at Rimbun Dahan.
- August 2006 – A trip to Belum yields a sighting of a unique insect, while back home at Rimbun Dahan a large snake is discovered camped out in the well.
- June 2006 – A new camera with a zoom lens brings us Rimbun Dahan’s very own peanut gallery – a selection of intimate portraits of the local troupe of leaf monkeys.
- March 2006 – Something is stirring in the leaf litter at Rimbun Dahan, when wet weather brings out unusual fungi.
- January 2006 – The ripe fruit from the rambutan trees at Rimbun Dahan are a feast for humans and monkeys, including the ubiquitous long-tailed macaque and the less common dusky langur.
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