NATIONAL PARK TANGKOKO TOUR & ORANGUTAN TOUR TNTP (COLABERATION) AROUND INDONESIA:

Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve also known as Tangkoko-Batuangus Dua Saudara is a nature reserve in the northern part of Sulawesi island of Indonesia, two hours drive from Manado. The reserve covers an area of 8,700 hectares and includes three mountains: Mount Tangkoko (1,109 meters), Mount Dua Saudara (1,361 meters) and Mount Batuangus (450 meters). Flora and fauna: The most common trees in the lowland rainforest of the park are species of the Palaquium genus, Cananga odorata and Dracontomelon dao. Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve protects at least 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Of these 79 mammal, 103 bird and 29 reptile and amphibian species are endemic to the island Threatened mammals include the Celebes crested macaque, of which about 5,500 remain on the island, spectral tarsier,Sulawesi bear cuscus and Sulawesi dwarf cuscus. Birds include the knobbed hornbill, Sulawesi hornbill and maleo.

Conservation and threats: The first conservation area at Mount Tongkoko has been established in 1919. To this the Duasaudara area has been added in 1978, and the Batuangus and Batuputih areas in 1981, together encompassing a total of 8,718 hectares. Visitation is only allowed in the Batuputih area. Several Indonesian and international environmental organisations are involved with the conservation of the reserve, including Sulut Bosami, Wildlife Conservation Society and Tarantula. Habitat destruction and hunting pose serious threats to the reserve. As result of hunting, between 1978 and 1993 the number of crested macaques declined by 75%, maleo birds by 90% and bear cuscus by 95%. A survey of the three surrounding villages conducted in 2005 found that while the most frequently hunted species were rats, locals still hunted for macaques and cuscus both for meat and to be sold on the market.

Tanjung Puting National Park (TNTP) is located at the Peninsula of South West central Borneo and is a preserved area for plants and wild animals. An area of about 415 040 ha, it was firstly preserved by the Dutch Government on June 13, 1936, followed by the Forest Minister of Republic Indonesia on May 12, 1982. This park is the largest tropical rain forest in South East Asia.

The area is predominantly flat, undulating to an altitude of 0 – 100 meters above sea level. The temperature range in this region is between 22-32°C, with an average humidity of approx. 87%.

Camp Leakey has been the centre of orangutan research for 45 years under the guidance of Professor Biruté M.F.Galdikas, making this the longest single species investigation by a single person. In 1971, the 25 years-old Canadian Birute Galdikas began living in the remote jungles of Indonesian Borneo. She was determined to penetrate the world of the elusive “red ape” in the name of science and conservation. That`s when she set up her research camp, the Camp Leaky, named after her famous paleontologist professor, Louis Leakey. She is a pioneering primatologist, holding a Ph.D. in anthropology from U.C.L.A. and is president of the Orangutan Foundation International in Los Angeles. You can read the memoir of this remarkable woman in her book “Reflections of Eden” published by Back Bay Books.

The ORANGUTAN (Pongo pygmaeus) is the only species of great apes that live in Asia. They are native to the tropical rainforests and the low-lying swamps in the Southeast area, in Indonesia and Malaysia (on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra). The word orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language.

Known for their intelligence, they use found objects as tools; for example, they use leaves as umbrellas to keep the rain from getting them wet. Orangutans share approx. 97% of the same DNA as human. Chimps and people share  almost 99% Genetic similarity indicates shared evolution. There is greater genetic similarity between apes and people than Apes and Monkeys.

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