Chiling Fish Sanctuary was established by the Selangor Fisheries Department in 2005 in order to create a protected area for several species of carps (family Cyprinidae), including the Malayan mahseer (Tor tambroides), known as 'Ikan Kelah' in Malay, and the near-threatened Copper mahseer (Neolissochilus hexagonolepis), or 'Ikan Tengas'. Both these fish fetch very high market prices (the 'Empurau' for instance, is priced at RM2000 per kilogram!) and as such are suffering from a severe decline due to over-fishing. The drop in numbers is also attributable to habitat-loss (most often related to dam building) as well as pollution. The Malayan Mahseer inhabits pristine rivers and avoids tainted and silted water, which means that their presence in a river is a good indicator of the river's health and cleanliness. This is another good example of why LNT principles are so important when outdoors.Before we go on, please jot down the numbers that are listed below. If you do see any suspicious behaviour when out hiking, encounter things like traps and snares, or even see protected animals or their parts that are sold as either collectibles, pets, or for (so-called) medicine, then please do not hesitate to contact the wildlife crime hotline. Be sure to try and document it as best you can with photos or video without putting yourself in danger, and take note of the details: descriptions of those who are involved, as well as when and where it took place.
"The Wildlife Crime Hotline, managed by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT), provides YOU an avenue to report offences involving endangered wildlife in Malaysia. We protect the identity of all informants, only key info of the reports are forwarded to the authorities."
Once you have registered and paid the MYR1 entrance fee, make your way up and over the bridge and to the trail-head on the other side of the river. There is an immediate left turning almost right after. There are also five other river crossings after this one, but this is the only time where you will actually be crossing a bridge.
The sides of the trails are absolutely brimming with fern fronds, but if you look closely you might spot the occasional pitcher plant (Nepenthes sp.). As you make your way deeper, this frondescence seems to rise up and transforms what was once just a wide lane into a deeply shaded verdure tunnel. Ferns are seedless plants and like moss, use spores to reproduce. Ferns are vascular however, which means that they have tissues that carry water and other nutrients throughout the plant, whereas mosses are non-vascular. As plants, both exhibit alteration of generations: the gametophyte or haploid (n) generation, where spores are dispersed, grow into gametophytes which then form sperm and eggs; and the sporophyte or diploid (2n) generation, which begins after the sperm fertilises the egg to form a zygote. The zygote then goes on to produce sporophytes, which eventually disperse spores when mature.