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The Habitat Penang Hill


The Habitat Penang Hill

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About the Co-founders of The Habitat Group

Mr. Reza Cockrell (left) & Dato’ Harry Cockrell (Right)

Our family moved to Penang Hill over 30 years ago and fell in love with the rolling hills, rainforest valleys, and diverse wildlife that call this area home. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience this connection to the natural world, and that’s why we built The Habitat, a place where guests can reconnect with nature and learn about the importance of preserving biodiversity.

At The Habitat, we aim to provide hands-on education and tangible experiences that promote conservation and preservation of natural habitats. We understand the importance of protecting our planet for future generations so we’ve pledged the proceeds of our park to The Habitat Foundation, whose mission is to support initiatives in education, research, and sustainable tourism that conserve biodiversity. Additionally, the foundation provides grants to researchers both in Malaysia and beyond, to support research that expands our knowledge of the environment and helps make evidence-based decisions in addressing the threats facing our planet.

Made with Love

In September 2021, a 12,481 hectares of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the north-western part of Penang Island was designated as the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO; a fitting recognition of the unique natural and cultural heritage of Penang Island and its people. Our park sits within the Special Area zone atop Penang Hill, the gateway to the Biosphere Reserve.

Built Heritage: The Stable

The entrance to The Habitat hearkens back to a time where one of the main modes of transportation to the hill was by pony! This abandoned old stable which used to house ponies in the 1800s, was lovingly restored and given a new lease of life as part of The Habitat park. It now serves as a cafe and ticketing office.

A Trove of Biodiversity

Despite having being explored by naturalists and biologists for over 200 years, the forests of Penang Hill continue to yield new discoveries. (RIGHT) The Penang Hill vampire crab (Geosesarma faustum) is an unusual highland crab first described in 2016. Approximately, the size of your thumbnail, this crab it is endemic to Penang island and has adapted to living in between the fronds of plants where rainwater accumulates. (LEFT) The Penang island bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus) is another species endemic to the island.

A Haven for Wildlife

Penang Hill provides a refuge for native wildlife. Here, it is possible to see the fascinating Sunda Colugo, Giant Black Squirrel, Red Giant Flying Squirrel, and the secretive Leopard Cat. Among the most charismatic residents of Penang Hill is Cantor’s Dusky Langur. Groups of langurs can often be seen foraging for their main food of leaves and unripe fruits or playing along the summit road. They seem to be as curious and interested in humans as we are in them! The subspecies of Dusky Langur seen on the hill, Trachypithecus obscurus halonifer, occurs mainly on Penang Island. Although, Dusky Langurs may be relatively easy to spot along forest fringes in Penang, the most 2020 IUCN Red List of Species has upgraded the status of this species to Endangered which warrants more focused efforts to ensure its protection.


Fuelled with Passion

Our park sits at the perimeter of a permanent rainforest reserve that is millions of years old. Over 2,500 species call this slice of rainforest home. With our park, our aim is to foster an avenue for our guests to reconnect with nature in all its beauty.

Curtis Crest Treetop Walk

This unique viewing platform was built to hug the tops of trees. At 815 metres above sea level it is the highest viewing platform on Penang Island and offers unrivalled views of the heritage bungalows of Penang Hill and tells their stories in the interpretative signage. This site was already clear of vegetation when construction began. Over the years it has had many uses reflective of the times – it has served as a military parade ground, lawn bowl field, lawn tennis court and even a helipad. Curtis Crest allows visitors to contemplate the forest hills which continue unbroken all the way to the coast at Penang National Park.

Langur Way Canopy Walk

A feat of engineering and ingenuity, Langur Way Canopy Walk is a 230 metre double span stressed ribbon canopy bridge. It enables visitors to close to the canopy suspended 40 metres above the forest reserve. The bridge was built in this way to provide ways to connect with the forest without any impact on the natural surroundings and the protected area.

Driven by Purpose

As a B Corp Certified company, we truly believe in nurturing a business in balance with nature and to have a positive impact on the communities around us. In short, we are driven to making our business a force for good.

The Habitat Foundation is a charitable trust based in Penang, Malaysia and the non-profit sister organization of The Habitat Penang Hill.

The two organizations complement each other in the shared mission to connect people to nature through education and outreach. Through our programmatic work we are actively supporting rainforest research, enhancing protected area management, conservation initiatives, and habitat restoration.