The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) previously organised two scientific expeditions in 1994 and 1998 into the Belum-Temengor forest complex to document its rich biological diversity and subsequently proposed for its gazzettement as a protected area. During these expeditions, MNS discovered the spectacular mass movement of the globally threatened Plain-pouched hornbill Aceros subruficollis in its thousands.
In Malaysia hornbills can be found in secondary and virgin rainforest. One of the areas hornbills are found in Malaysia is Belum- Temengor in the state of Perak which is a rainforest complex estimated to be 130 million years old.
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