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Niah - Birds Nests

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Early Human Settlements I Visiting The Park I The Great Cave I
The Painted Cave I Birds Nests I Wildlife and The Rainforest


The guano collectors are not the only people who earn a living from the cave. Strategically positioned bamboo poles and ladders are evidence of the birds nest collectors, local people who have practised this dangerous accupation for generations. The half million swiftlets that live in the cave make their nests purely from their own salivary secretions, and when the nests are cleaned and cooked they produce the famous birds nest soup, which is as highly regarded in Chinese cuisine as caviar is in the West.

Collecting the nests from the cave ceiling is a dangerous job, and fatalities are not uncommon, but the price of birds nests is so high (over US$1,000 per kilo for the best quality) that the risks seem worthwhile. Obviously such a valuable commodity is a magnet for poachers, and over-collection is a constant worry. Therefore the caves are constantly monitored by park wardens, to deter illegal collectors.

The passage at the back of the Great Cave leads to a large chamber known as the Padang, where shafts of sunlight stream down from large holes in the cave roof to illuminate the bizarre rock formations in the Burnt Cave. This is another excellent spot for taking photos. After the Padang, the cave passage becomes pitch black, and it is here that you will need the flashlight, not only to find your way along the plankwalk, but to view the extraordinary shapes and weathering effects found in the Moon Cave.

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