There are some mighty tropical rainforests and unique endangered wildlife in Indonesia. No doubt that Indonesia’s landscape is spread with large dense tropical rainforests that undulate from mountain tops to deep valleys. Moreover, they become the main habitat to some of the worlds most numerous and diverse plants and endemic wildlife species.
Therefore, they have been designated as protected national parks with the largest areas in the archipelago spreading over the landscapes of Sumatra, Borneo (Kalimantan), Sulawesi, and Papua. Moreover, these are vitally important since they are also home to human settlements and also endangered to almost extinct wildlife.
Here are some of the mighty tropical rainforests and unique endangered wildlife in Indonesia:
1. Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan
Welcome to the real jungle. Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations located in Central Kalimantan (Borneo). In fact, it looks like a fictional jungle book adventure that actually transforms to life. Here, you can fancy yourself as an explorer going into the deep tropical rainforests on a river boat to meet wild orangutans and other countless exotic animals. Located in Central Kalimantan province, the area was originally declared as a game reservation in 1935 and then became a National Park in 1982.
Here, Orangutans become the main reason why tourists and nature lovers venture into this park. Moreover, it gained more popularity due to the meticulous and strenuous work done by the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program based at the Camp Leaky research station. Camp Leakey is obviously an orangutan preserve and the site of the longest continuous study of any wild animal in the history of science.
This park also becomes home to some of the most curious creatures on earth, such as the strange smurf-like proboscis monkey and seven other primate species, clouded leopards, civets, the wild bulls and many other types of wild animals roaming free across the land. In fact, it also boasts some of the most glamorous species flying in the air, such as colorful birds, butterflies, and moths.
For more complete information, you can directly contact the park’s office below:
Kantor Balai TNTP (Tanjung Puting National Park Office)
Jln. H.M. Rafi’i KM 2, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah
Telephone/Fax: +62 532 23832
2. Tangkoko Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi
Tangkoko Nature Reserve situated in North Sulawesi is actually a haven for some of the world’s most unique and rarest animals and plants. The most popular destination within this reserve is Batuputih Park that becomes the only place where you can stare back at lovable wide-eyed tarsiers in their most natural habitat. Tarsiers are famous as the world’s smallest type of primate despite its not being a monkey at all. This creature is amazingly no bigger than the size of an adult male’s hand.
Other equally adorable and unique animals endemic to Sulawesi that are living free in their natural habitat at this reserve are the crested black macaque, maleo birds, cuscus, hornbills and white-bellied sea eagles guarded by majestic ficus trees.
For information and entry contact:
Dinas Kehutanan Provinisi Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi Forestry Department)
Jl. Pomurow, Banjer, Manado, North Sulawesi
Telephone: +62 431 862387/ +62 431 859429
3. Way Kambas National Park, South Sumatra
This national park is located in Lampung at the southernmost end of the island of Sumatra, just across the ominous Krakatau volcano. Way Kambas National Park encompasses no less than 1,300 km2 of land by the Way Kambas river. This park has been particularly popular as a preserve for Sumatran elephants. However, it is actually also a haven for a variety of rare and endangered species, where Sumatran tigers are set free amidst the wild. Plus, it is also home to the Sumatran rhino.
The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary that was established in 1995 in Way Kambas serves as a breeding center for the only two-horned rhino of the Asian species. There have been a number of rhinos successfully born here. Later in 1985, the Elephant Training center was established to protect elephants. At the same time, it aims to create mutual benefit for both the elephants and men. This training center also features some amusing elephant performances, such as elephants playing football, dancing, swimming, and many other attractions.
Despite the above wildlife, the park also holds some other attractive mammals, such as tapir, coyote, gibbon, and 406 forest bird species, different types of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
For more information, you can contact the park’s manager below:
Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam II Tanjung Karang
(Tanjung Karang Natural Resource Conservation Office II)
Jl. Raya Haji Mena No. 1/6, Tanjung Karang, Bandar Lampung
Or the local Forestry Department:
Departemen Kehutanan Lampung (Lampung Forestry Department)
Jl. Raya Way Jepara, Labuan Ratu Lama, Lampung
Telephone: +62 725 44220
They are all the first part of the mighty tropical rainforests and unique endangered wildlife in Indonesia that you can explore. You will certainly experience the most ultimate adventures in your life. If you are true nature lovers, then those forests will be the perfect places for you to explore to the furthest. Please, share with us if you do have any other suggestions or recommendations.