TAIPING Zoo and Night Safari is holding a contest to find the biggest angsana tree in the country.
Taiping Municipal Council president Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir said there was currently one such tree, of the Pterocarpus indicus species, located at the zoo that was believed to be the biggest in Malaysia.
“The tree is 32m-tall with a 11.3m perimeter and is 4.28m in diameter, so it is considered a large tree.
“We want to get validation that it is indeed so, ” he said in a statement recently.
“We want people to find the tree with the widest perimeter, ” he said, adding that the angsana tree is classified as being on the red list of endangered species by the Inter-national Union for Conservation of Nature.
“Participants cannot use the tree at the zoo in their entry forms, ” he added.
The contest is open to all Malaysians, and the entry form can be obtained at https://forms.gle/vwac2ja9hg4zutfv8.
“Participants must also include photographs of the tree being measured and of the tree itself, ” Khairul Amir said, adding that pictures must be original and not edited.
“The location of the tree, including the name of the road, city and GPS coordination are also required, ” he added.
Khairul Amir said the first prize winner would win RM500 and gifts.
“The second place winner will get RM400 while the third will get RM300 plus gifts, ” he said, adding that there would also be seven consolation prizes.
The contest closes on May 31.
For details, call 05-808 6577/ 804 1045 or WhatsApp 019-481 5351.
On an unrelated matter, Khairul Amir said the municipal council would assist the girl who was attacked by a macaque at the Taiping Lake Gardens to apply for the Wild Animal Attack Victim Aid Fund.
He said the victim was attacked by a male macaque on April 24 and has received treatment and lodged a police report.
“The state Wildlife and National Parks Department has sent a team to the area to deal with the problem, ” he said.