Saturday, January 06, 2018

Indonesian Backpacker: Tanjung Puting National Park, The Wonder Of Borneo

Declared as a national park in 1982, Tanjung Puting National Park encloses different types of ecosystem including the lowland tropical forest, dry-land forest, peat swamp forest, mangrove forest, coastal forest and secondary forest.

Tanjung Puting supports the natural habitat of various endemic wildlife on the brink of extinction such as the proboscis monkey, agile gibbon and sun bear.

Rivers that meander across the sanctuary are populated by the arowana or dragon fish, false gharial, saltwater crocodile and soft-shelled turtle.

A variety of large mammals also inhabit the wilderness of Tanjung Puting, such as the common muntjac, bearded pig and Javan mouse-deer.

The national park is recognized for its orangutan rehabilitation center, the first of its kind in Indonesia.

The rehabilitation center is spread across three main locations: Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui and Camp Leakey.

At Tanjung Harapan a raised platform function as a feeding area for orangutans.

This activity is the most awaited moment of the tourists when visit to Tanjung Puting National Park.