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Location Malaysia, Perak
Central coordinates 101o 2.00' East  4o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 31,944 ha
Altitude 50 - 1,058m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Malaysian Nature Society



Summary Lying between two districts of Kuala Kangsar and Kinta in Perak, this range is located at the west coast of Peninuslar Malaysia. Said to be a "branch" of the Titiwangsa range and is formed by granitic rocks.

Site description Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve lies within the Kledang Hills, a range of hills east of the Sungai Perak. This extensive area in central Perak State comprises mainly of lowland and hill dipterocarp forests. The highest point is Gunung Peninjau, at 1,058 m asl, to the north of the forest reserve. Gunung Keledang, near Ipoh, is 808 m asl, and has a telecommunications station on the peak and is also a popular hiking area for residents. At Papan, near Ipoh, the Forestry Department has established a recreational area and nursery. The Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar stretch of the North-South Highway cuts through Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Keledang Saiong Forest Reserve 12,412 unknown 0  
Keledang Siong Virgin Jungle Reserve 857 unknown 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Other biodiversity Mammals that are known to occur in the range include primates such as monkeys and gibbons, wild pig, civets, Yellow-throated Marten and various other species of small mammals. The rare Slipper Orchid has been found growing near Gunung Keledang.(I) Globally threatened mammals (IUCN, 2002):(II) Globally threatened reptiles (IUCN, 2002): (III) Globally threatened plants (IUCN, 2002): VULNERABLE: Cleistanthus glandulosus, Diospyros gambleana, Haliciopsis cockburnii; LOWER RISK/conservation dependent: Diplodiscus scortechinii; DATA DEFICIENT: Kopsia larutensis

Protection status Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve was established in 1952 under Gazette No. 1217. The Kledang Saiong VJR is listed as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.

References IUCN. 2002. 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. http://www.redlist.org (23 June 2003).Lim, K.C. (compiler). 2001. Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve Birdlist. (Unpublished).Medway, Lord and Wells, D.R. 1976. The birds of the Malay Peninsula, Vol. 5. London: H.F. and G. Witherby in association with Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit Universiti Malaya.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kledang Range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2014

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