Development of Canopy Walkways by Illar Muul and Associates: A Brief History



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Muul, I. (1999). Development of Canopy Walkways by Illar Muul and Associates: A Brief History. Selbyana, 20(1), 186–190. Retrieved from


Access to the canopy of tall tropical rain forests has been a challenge for scientists. Among the many methods used, the canopy walkway system has the advantage of being the least physically challenging, making the canopy accessible to people of all ages and of normal physical fitness. This system thus lends itself to research and nature tourism. The first canopy walkway for research was installed in Malaysia in 1968. Modified, lighter weight versions were developed by Andrew Mitchell in Zaire, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia in the late 1970s. Beginning in 1988, canopy walkways were used by the author and his colleagues both for research and nature tourism in Malaysia, China, Peru, Ghana, Costa Rica, and Guyana.


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