The first day of the event also saw the opening of the Nature Trade Fair and Exhibition hosted by Langkawi Fair. This event saw the coming together of 9 organizations form NGOS, government bodies and nature businesses both from Malaysia & Singapore to promote themes related to nature and its conservation as well as associated products & services.
The mall saw a unique gathering of naturalists, scientists and nature enthusiast mingling with each other, certainly a truly extraordinary experience indeed!
Dr. Laurance G Kirton
LNF 2012 Personality Profile
Butterfly Researcher & Scientist
Dr. Laurence G Kirton
Laurence Kirton is an entomologist by profession, and Head of the Biodiversity and Conservation of Fauna Programme in the Forest Research Institute Malaysia. His interest in butterflies began in his childhood and has continued into his professional career as a researcher. He holds a PhD in entomology and ecology from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, and has authored many scientific and popular articles on Malaysian butterflies.
LNF 2012 Personality Profile
Graeme Guy was born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated in the Hutt Valley. He practised as a pharmacist in Dunedin, Napier and Hamilton after obtaining a degree in pharmacy. He later obtained a BSc and MSc(Hons) from Waikato University in Hamilton before completing a PhD in Biochemistry in Adelaide, Australia in 1982. After a 5 year stint in Birmingham, U.K. he moved to Singapore where he was a Professor and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology from 1988 and is an author of over 100 scientific papers.
Nature photography has always been an interest but was taken up seriously in the last 15 years and he has won over 1100 awards in International exhibitions as well as 30 cover pictures and a number of published articles and images. He particularly enjoys studying certain species and writing articles about them. While in Singapore he founded the Nature Photographic Society (Singapore) and has judged international exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Austria. He retired in 2011 and is currently resident in Penang, Malaysia.
Ms. Chooi-Khim Phon
LNF 2012 Personality Profile
Butterfly Researcher & Scientist
Chooi-Khim Phon is a researcher at the Entomology Branch of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia where she has been working on butterfly diversity and conservation. She has a Masters degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and is currently pursuing her PhD with the University of Malaya on the conservation biology of Malaysian birdwing butterflies. She has authored a number of scientific and popular articles on butterflies.
Dr. Louisa Shobhini Ponnampalam is a Malaysian cetacean (whales, dolphins, porpoises) ecologist who began her education in marine science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii. She then went on to pursue her Ph.D. on a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship at the University Marine Biological Station in Millport, Scotland, researching small dolphins in the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Her research work on cetaceans has also taken her to the Bering Sea, across the North Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, South China Sea, Sulu-Sulawesi Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, and more recently, the waters around the Langkawi Archipelago.Her true passion lies in increasing the scientific knowledge of marine mammals in Malaysia and to advocate for a greater awareness on marine mammal conservation among the Malaysian public, which resulted in the founding of Malaysia’s first NGO that is solely dedicated to the research and conservation of marine mammals, The MareCet Research Organization, in January 2012.
She also hopes to groom homegrown researchers who will be the next generation of ambassadors for the conservation of marine mammals and the marine environment in Malaysia through hands-on participation in MareCet’s efforts. In 2010, with support from various international conservation grants, Dr Louisa launched the Langkawi Dolphin Research Project (LDR), which strives to study the detailed ecology of cetaceans in the Archipelago, for the purposes of conservation and management. The project is ongoing and has garnered much public support, both from the local Langkawi community as well as at the national level. In her free time, she loves being.
ECO WALK: Keep Langkawi Wild a Langkawi Nature Festival event.
Eco Walk a key event of the Langkawi Nature Festival is to be an exciting and meaningful walk for anyone wanting to participate in the conservation of Langkawi’s natural heritage and to ‘Keep Langkawi Wild”. This Eco Walk is open to anyone both local and foreign guests who are keen to get their walking shoes on and hike for conservation of Langkawi’s Natural Heritage. Participants will walk 13km to the summit of Gunung Raya, the highest peak of Langkawi. This Eco Walk offers enthusiastic walkers the chance to experience a breathtaking walk over the picturesque island archipelago and in doing so we hope to raise awareness for the conservation of the island’s natural heritage.
You and your friends can choose to participate in either a midway (7km) or summit walk (13km) .
What’s provided prior to the event:
- Full event pack upon registering
- Full event plans throughout the build up to the event
What’s provided on the event:
- Medical support team
- Complete safety back up
- Power stations along the route with, drinks, support, big smiles and encouragement
- Walk for Nature T-shirt)
What’s provided after the event:
- Walk for Nature certificates emailed to you after the event
Friday 23rd November 2012
- 06:00 AM - Sign-in opens at the base of Gunung Raya. Follow the ECO WALK signs. Breakfast (local)will be served along with tea and coffee giving you a bit of extra energy for the start of the day! You will need to be signed in by 0700hrs. Please do come prepared for the walk with the necessary kit for all weathers!
- 07:15 AM - Sign-in closes. All walkers will need to gather for the opening ceremony and a warm-up! Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue, sign-in and have your breakfast so you are ready to gather at 0745hrs.
- 07:45 AM – FLAG OFF
Please do come prepared for the walk with the necessary kit for all weathers
- 10:15 AM - Big cheers all round as the first expected walkers to arrive at the summit and a huge congratulation, refreshments and their well deserved ECO WALK t-shirt.
- 11:45 AM - This is the time that we expect the final walkers to cross the line after 13km of endurance walking. To walk this distance is undoubtedly a huge achievement.
- 12:45 AM - Although there is no time limit for the walk, this is the time that we expect the final walkers to cross the line after completing 13km of endurance walking. To walk to the summit is undoubtedly a huge achievement.
Why not get your family and friends to come and meet you and cheer you over the finish line? They can also then drive you home as we recommend that you don’t drive a long distance after completing this challenge.
In future, our children will not only remember us for what we have created but also for what we had refused to destroy. “Keep Langkawi Wild”
Photography Workshops – a Langkawi Nature Festival LNF Event
The Wildlife Photography workshop featured world renowned Wildlife Photographer Graeme Guy who conducted both an indoor and an outdoor practical photography session with nature photographers based mainly in Langkawi.
The Instructor touched on his previous photography expeditions as well as gave an overview of the different technical aspects of photography. An outdoor session at the Andaman was also conducted to further enhance the skills of the participants of the workshop.
Participants were indeed very fortunate to have in their midst a world class award winning wildlife photographer in their midst training them in the finer art of nature photography.
Nature Talks – a Scientific Event of the Langkawi Nature Festival LNF Event
The nature talks were hosted by The Andaman A Luxury Collection Resort in the afternoon of the first day. Participants of the nature talks were very privileged to have butterfly expert and scientist Dr. Laurence G Kirton from FRIM and Marine Mammals expert Dr. Louisa S. Ponnampalam representing MareCet speak on various issues pertaining to the science and conservation of butterflies and marine mammals on Langkawi.
LNF’s Scientific event took shape in the form of Nature Talks & workshops by expert Naturalists, Scientists and Nature Interest Groups. Speaking and teaching on critical issues concerning conservation of our Natural Heritage and the key factors for us to take note on this matter.
The aim is to gather minded Naturalists and Scientists as well as people who would like to learn more about wildlife particularly Langkawi’s Natural Heritage to converge in an indoor setting to hear what the experts have to say about the subject.
We are very privileged to have Dr. Laurence Kirton a world authority on Entomology and Malaysia’s foremost expert on butterflies in Malaysia and Singapore as a key speaker on butterflies. His presence will surely add greater scientific significance and influence for Langkawi.
Feature experts from Marecet a Research Organization on Marine Mammals to talk about dolphin and whales and its conservation and awareness in Langkawi.