Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives

Gua Pinang


Protecting and conserving karsts and its immediate surrounding areas in Langkawi

We are protecting and conserving Gua Pinang and its immediate surrounding areas as part of our commitment to sustainable biodiversity management. We worked with the Institute of Biological Science and University Malaya (UM) to develop the foundation of Langkawi’s biodiversity inventory for flora and fauna through a series of comprehensive surveys in 2016.

Findings from the Langkawi biodiversity study

41 Species

were assessed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

48 Species

are totally protected Under Wildlife Conservation Act 2010

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Identifying unique species

Aves (Birds)

The bird surveys were conducted for three consecutive years from May 2014 to December 2016 in the Langkawi Quarry area. A total of 51 species belonging to 28 families of birds were recorded from the survey areas, with the Gua Pinang area recording a high number of forest-dependent bird species.


A total of 28 species of mammals were recorded during this study. Gua Pinang and its surrounding area recorded the highest number species present with a total of 22 species.

50% of the species found in the area are made up of Order Chiroptera (bats).

Herptiles (Amphibians and Reptiles)

13 species of amphibians and 15 species of reptiles were recorded around the Langkawi Quarry and its adjacent areas.

Insects (Butterfly) Lepidoptera

Overall, 46 species of butterflies, 14 species of odonates (dragonfly and damselfly) and 44 species of ants were recorded in the area.

Gua Pinang has a high number of various butterfly species. The Gua Balai/Layang area has a high number of ants and the Tunnel area has a high species number of dragonflies and damselflies respectively.

Insects (Dragonfly And Damselfly)
Insects (Ants)
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