Tanjung Puting National Park
   

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Tanjung Puting National Park (300,040 hectares), located at Central Kalimantan around Sekonyer River is the home of the Orangutans, Probosic monkey and seven other primate species. This park is the rehabilitation center for the Orangutans, includes day-to-day care for all animals at the post, including health conditions monitoring, giving treatmetnt for sick and injured primates.

As a nature tourism destination area, the park, is accessible by air, water and land transportation. The park can be reached by taking a plane to Pangkalanbun, then going on to Kumai by road, and proceeding into the park by a klotok riverboat. Exotic wild animals such as Orangutan, probosics monkey, long tail macaque and various birds are easy to see. Lodging for tourist is also available. It is a paradise for scientists, naturalists and wildlife watcher, including ecotourists.

Physical Features
The soils in the park consist of yellow-red podsolic, laterite, organosol, podsol, glei humus and alluvial. The area is predominantly flat, undulating to an altitude 0-100 above sea level. The rainy season start from September until February. The relative humidity of the area ranges between 55 and 98 percent and the temperature varies from 22 - 32 degree Celsius.

Flora & Fauna
Among tree species commonly found are Ramin (Gonistylus bancanus), Jelutung, Kayu Besi (iron wood, eusideroxylon zwagerri), Meranti (Shorea sp.) and Keruing (Dipterocarpus). all of them have high value for industry. Other plants such Bakung (asian tricum), Pandans (Pandanus tectorius), Nipah (Nypa sp.) which growing on the riverside.

Beside the Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) other species can be found in this park i.e: Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) - a large monkey which is found only in Borneo, long tail macaque (Macaca fascicularis), birds - especially horn bills, kingfishers, myna, oriental darter and over 220 bird species. Furthermore, the list of fauna living in the park are include the occasionally can be seen: Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis), grey gibbon (Hylobates mulleri), red leaf monkey (presbistis rubicunda), Malayan sun bear (helarctus malayanus), wild lige (sus barbatus), estuarine crocodile false ghavial (Tomistoma schlegelli). The rivers together with the swamps and sesonal lake rookeries support the life of many species of fish that have very high values in term of ecology and economy.

MAIN OBJECTS

Camp Leakey
Located about 30 minutes to the right from the branch of Sekonyer river. This area also functions as orangutans rehabilitation center and become an important visitor attraction. The Camp and surrounding area is designated as a special utility zone. Over the years, the camp has served the research efforts of several scientist and students. Tourist will be able to walk on certain trails of the trail system without disturbing the research activities. On the way to Camp Leakey (on Sekonyer Simpang Kanan river), you may occasionally see crocodiles and the false gavials.

Tanjung Harapan
The first guard post in the park that was constructed in the late of 1970's. Tanjung Harapan was the original site of the Sekonyer Village, which was moved across the Sekonyer river. The area surrounding is designated as utilization zone. In this area, several facilities for park management as well as for visitors have been constructing. Tanjung Harapan is also an alternate orangutan center.

Pondok Tanguy
New established rehabilitation center for orangutans . Located between Tanjung Harapan and Natai Lengkuas, this are also designates as a special utilization zone.

Rimba Lodge
The word RIMBA means JUNGLE or FOREST in the Indonesian language. Located on the left side of river Sekonyer, 10 minutes upriver from Tanjung Harapan Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. The lodge is simple, clean and shady as it is covered by trees. Built with Dayak architectures, spacious and air-ness. There are 15 river-edge bedrooms and 20 rooms inland with chilling fan and teak bathrooms. The restaurant is spacious with Chinese and Western food. The lodge has been accommodated successfully for the hundred delegates who attended the GREAT APE CONFERENCE. Clients can also paddle a canoe along the river banks nearby. Back to the top

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