Sarawak to open a famous Italian naturalist 's trail on Friday

By TIN Media | Sarawak Published 6 months ago on 23 July 2020
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On Friday in Kampung Matang, approximately 17 km from downtown, a historical route featuring the findings of the renowned Italian naturalist Odoardo Beccari will be opened.

The Beccari Discovery Trail is a partnership between the Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM), and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, a volunteer group which aims to promote the role of museums in Sarawak 's heritage in marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Beccari.

"In its 12 interpretation boards, the Beccari Discovery Trail contains information about some of the animals and plants along the track, the abandoned tea plantation that Beccari helped establish Rajah Charles Brooke and Beccaris Field Hut called" Vallombrosa" "(second white Rajah of Sarawak)., "FoSM stated in a statement.

On June 19, 1865, Beccari arrived in Sarawak as a 22-year-old, a passionate scientist.

Over 4000 specimens, mainly plants, but also insects, birds, and animals including orangutans, details were collected and reported during his two-year stay in Borneo in Matang and other parts of Sarawak such as the Batang-Lupar, Tubau, and Belaga.

Beccari, who was born on Nov 16, 1843, and died on Oct 25, 1920, was recognized in Sarawak as the leading scientist of his time, due to his contribution to scientific knowledge.


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