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Tanjung Puting National Park: re-introducing orangutans to the wild

Imagine you are an explorer heading out to the jungle to see wild orangutans and other exotic tropical animals and you will begin to get a sense of what a visit to the Tanjung Puting National Park is

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Imagine you are an explorer heading out to the jungle to see wild orangutans and other exotic tropical animals and you will begin to get a sense of what a visit to the Tanjung Puting National Park is like.

The park, which covers territory the size of Bali, is home to an amazing array of wildlife including it’s world famous orangutans. The park is also home to monkeys, birds, and other wildlife, not to mention the pristine vegetation of the jungle itself. This is a world-famous natural treasure, which attracts a growing number of international visitors each year.

Tanjung Puting is located in Central Kalimantan. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and 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 means that it has diverse habitat zones. This diversity means the park is home to a great variety of inhabitants, both flora and fauna.

The incredible jungle surrounds make this an amazing place to visit if you’re after a truly outdoor adventure. It is an oasis of pure clean air, a clear night sky as well as a home to the gentle people of the jungle – the orangutans.

The orangutans are undoubtedly the best-known inhabitants of the park, made famous through the work of the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program based at the Camp Leakey research station. Camp Leakey is an orangutan preserve and the site of the longest continuous study of any wild animal in the history of science. With around three-quarters of the world’s orangutan’s population living on Borneo, this park is the ideal place to see these incredible creatures in the wild.

Because the vegetation of Tanjung Puting supports a large population of animals, this park is one of the most important areas in Southeast Asia for the preservation of primates, birds, reptiles, and fish.

To reach the Tanjung Puting National Park, take a flight to the Iskandar Airport at Pangkalan Bun from Jakarta or other main Indonesian cities.

For more detailed information on the park, please visit: http://www.orangutan.org/rainforest/tanjung-puting-national-park .

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