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Orangutan: literally means Man or person: ( Orang ) Forest: ( Hutan )
Man of the Forest
These wonderful primates are thought to be the closest relatives to humans, sharing 97% of DNA. Observing these orangutans in their natural environment is one of the most magical experiences.
Found now only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, Orangutans are critically endangered. Habitat loss and poaching continue to push not only orangutans, but entire ecosystems of flora and wildlife to extinction.
Very informative websites below:
SOS- Sumatran Orangutan Society: www.orangutans-sos.org
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation websites:
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo )
Sadly continued deforestation and fires with threat of more palm-oil plantations encroaching on national park land has been devastating.
Friends of National Parks Foundation (FNPF) continues their work with reforestation efforts in Tanjung Puting.
Learn more on: www.fnpf.org
Travel to Tanjung Puting:
Journey into the park by local boats called klotoks up the Sekonyer River to spot orangutans, proboscis monkeys and gibbons in the wild and visit the orangutan rehabilitation centers.
Accomodations in Tanjung Puting:
Rimba Eco Lodge: www.rimbaecolodge.com
Operated by EcoLodges Indonesia, they can arrange all your transport, guiding and park entry needs which also includes a visit to the reforestation site of FNPF.
Klotoks with sleeping arrangements on board are also available.
Getting to Tanjung Puting:
Fly to Pangkalanbun in Central Kalimantan from either Semarang, Surabaya or Jakarta on Java.
Semarang is located on north coast of Java, three hours drive north Yogyakarta (or approx two hours from Borobudur.)
Airlines into Pangkalanbun include: www.kalstaronline.com
and Garuda Indonesia may also operate from Semarang now.
But as domestic flight schedules are subject to change, EcoLodges staff can best recommend current best air options.
Include Visits to Dayak Communities in Central Kalimantan:
Travel to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan- a gateway to visiting Dayak communities and also to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation work by BOS- Borneo Orangutan Survival.
Combine a cruise with small luxury boats of:
Central Borneo Tours:
introducing Dayak Culture and Nature
and read about Siti- a Dayak Dancer’s Dream and the Spirit of Hornbill Dance Academy:
Monkey Magic! a great book for kids and adults!
Find out what Romy found out about orangutans in Borneo and share it around.
Great school stuff too! www.monkeymagicbook.com
More on Primate Protection:
IPPL- International Primate Protection League has been so dedicated to primate protection work worldwide. See their inspiring website: www.ippl.org