via The Star, 27 July 2020: Gua Matsurat, a cave site in Ipoh, has yielded some artefacts and rock art, but the lack of protection means that it is being encroached by treasure hunters and buffalo.
A herd of buffaloes, illegal digging works to search for crystals and graffiti, are ruining a limestone cave within the Kinta Valley Geopark near here.
Gua Matsurat, situated within the Ipoh township, near the famous Gunung Lang is rich in history but if people continue to dig further, the walls of the cave could collapse destroying a link to the past forever.
Mohd Fadly Md Noor, a Perak nature guide who led a group of journalists into the cave said that some 50 buffaloes from an illegally erected shed nearby have been roaming freely into the cave for the past eight years, leaving their dung behind, and damaging the structure of the limestone.
“These buffaloes also have the habit of making mud pools and this is destroying the cave floor.