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.
Non-bird 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
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats to Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve include logging, illegal clearing for orchards and development for housing at the foothills of Gunung Keledang.
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.
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