Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park is the largest and most diverse protected example of the extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest, which used to cover much of southern Borneo. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and it became a national park in 1982. The park has over 800 different species of plants, over 220 bird species and nine primate species including the endangered orangutan and endangered proboscis monkey.

The park is home to more than 4,000 orangutans making it one of the largest populations in Borneo. The Orangutan Foundation actively assists the national park authorities to promote and protect this globally important forest ecosystem.

Guard posts along with regular forest patrols, helped to eradicate illegal logging from the national park by 2003. The Orangutan Foundation continues to operate guard posts and monitors the park and works closely with the park authority to ensure the protection of the forests and the fauna and flora within.

The Orangutan Foundation runs and maintains Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station, which is situated on the Sekonyer Kanan River, in the national park. The research station has hosted numerous studies including the Western Tarsier, birds, butterflies and false gavial crocodile to name a few.

With Steppes Travel we lead Orangutan Conservation Tours to Tanjung Puting National Park - these unique tours spend a considerable amount of time exploring the wonders of the national park and the surrounding area.

Thanks to the Humane Society International Australia for supporting our work in the national park.

 

View from the radio tower of a guard post in the national park

 

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