Located in the gulf of
Tomini, Central Sulawesi, Togean islands complex covered an area of 70,000 ha of
land and nearly 200,000 ha of surrounding sea area. Approximately 30,000 peoples
living at the island, making their livelihood most of the sea and inhabiting 37
villages scattered on the 7 major islands of the islands group. This area is
very productive in terms of fishes and other marine harvest.
These islands group were
formed by volcanic activity. The land is densely covered by lush vegetation,
while the surrounding sea is covered by ancient coral reef formation. Both the
terrestrial and marine ecosystem, are rich in exotic wild life. Many of the
endangered animals found in Togean can be found nowhere else on the world.
The land is the home for
many kinds of creatures eg, the Togean macaque, the babi rusa, Sulawesi
hornbill, and hanging parrot. While the marine ecosystem provides fascinating
coral reef formation, itís the habitat and breeding areas of hawksbill turtle,
green turtle, dugong, and hundreds of colourful fishes. Approximately 200
species has been identified.
Many of the endangered
animals found in Togean
can be found nowhere else on earth.
The islands group
of Togean is classified as high priority marine conservation area. The Togean
islands are picturesque archipelago of seven primary islands within Indo-Pacific
coral triangle in Central Sulawesi.
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