Malaysia

Quick Facts

Map of Malaysia
Population: 28,310,000
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese (various dialects), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai.
Climate: Tropical, with annual monsoons.
Captial City: Kuala Lumpur

Landmarks

  • The Petronas Twin Towers – located in the capital Kuala Lumpur, the Twin Towers are the tallest twin buildings in the world.
  • Cameron Highlands – as the highest area on the mainland, the Cameron Highlands enjoy a much cooler climate than the rest of Malaysia. Key attractions include tea plantations, strawberry farms, vegetable farms, honey bee farms, butterfly farms, flower nurseries and markets.
  • Straits of Malacca – cities Melaka and George Town were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008. The Straits of Malacca were trading hubs and sites of cultural exchange for around 500 years. Melaka and George Town have a great deal of colonial architecture dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Jungle Nymph (also called the Giant Thorny Phasmid)

Habitat: Tropical rainforest, in the trees.
Diet: Guava leaves and the leaves of other large-leafed tropical plants.
Classification and relatives: Insect. Specifically, stick insect. Jungle nymphs are the largest known insect today. Females are larger than males and green, while males are brown. When threatened, they can make a hissing noise by rubbing their wings together. Relatives include leaf insects, praying mantis, cockroaches and grasshoppers.
Endangered status: Not endangered.
Lifespan: In captivity, at least 12 months.