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    Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
    Malaysia - Johor

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      Let the fireflies' living environment remain forever in it's natural state. Not only will this benefit all flora and fauna of the area. Generally, what is good for the fireflies will also be good for the people. The decreasing numbers in the firefly population serve as a symbol, a beacon, which is flashing an alarm to save not only them, but rivers too. our rivers are home to these priceless creatures, and when we act with ignorance or unconcern, it is imminent that we will lose one of our greatest national treasure.

      As the boat slowly glides down the river on a moonless night, a flicker of light appears. It suddenly grows into a brilliant display with thousands more lights illuminating the trees lining the riverbanks. Imagine decorative Christmas lights or a galaxy of stars twinkling right in front of you. This is the light show of the fireflies. It is an experience of a lifetime, and it' is being threatened by many factors.

      The firefly is a type of insect from the beetle family. They flash in the night for the purpose of attracting mates and generating birth. The flashing behaviour begins just after sunset, and continues till just before sunrise.

      The light is produced inside the firefly by two chemicals mixing with each other and oxygen in the process called bioluminescence. The firefly is one of the only three out-of-water species that has this remarkeble feature (the other two are a worm and a type of fungus). One of the firefly species found here is unique in that it blinks in sync. Malaysia is the only one of the few places in the world where this kind of firefly colonies are still found.

      Fireflies live in intertidal zones. The synchronous on mangrove trees that grow wildly along riverbanks. These trees, known locally as berembang, are the only known mangrove species to have an ecological role as a habitat for fireflies to dwell on at night. Fireflies are also dependent on this tree for food. The adult fireflies take in the dew that forms on the leaves, while their larvae feed on snails found in the mud below.

      Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
      Jalan Jemaluang
      81900 Kota Tinggi

      1.726840, 103.911448
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