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Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park, which covers a territory the size of Bali, is home to an array of wildlife, mainly the world famous orangutans. The park also houses monkeys, birds and other wildlife. The vegetation of Tanjung Puting is dense enough to support a large population of other animals, birds, reptiles and fish.

Tanjung Puting National Park

Image Courtesy: Rainforest Action Network used under the Creative Commons Licence

Tanjung Putting National Park is located in Central Kalimantan. It was declared a game reserve in 1935 and it became a national park in 1982. The park sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea. The sheer size of the park divides it into diverse habitat zones that supports a variety both flora and fauna. It is a world famous natural treasure with its pure clean air and the promise of a clear, starry night sky.

The orangutans, the proud inhabitants of the park, were made famous through the work of the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program based at the Camp Leakey research station. Camp Leakey, an orangutan preserve, has housed around three quarters of the world’s orangutan population in Borneo, making this the ideal park to see these incredible creatures.

Things to see at Tanjung Puting National Park:

Sekonyer river – Famous for its natural beauty and wildlife, take a cruise down the river, through the jungle, to escape your busy city life routine.

Camp Leakey, the orangutan preserve – Learn about orangutans at the Camp Leakey information Centre. Witness the daily feedings of wild orangutans and see them in their natural habitat.

Tanjung Harapan – The first guard post in the park was constructed in the late 1970s. This alternate orangutan centre was originally a site of the Sekonyer Village, which was later moved across the Sekonyer River.  The surrounding area houses several facilities for the park management and for visitors.

Flora and fauna – There’s so much wildlife to take in here, it will leave you breathless – from monkeys to birds to unusual reptiles.

This national park redefines nature’s beauty. It is a wonderful exotic travel experience which will remain in your memories for long.

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