Tanjung Puting and Sekonyer river
To better understand what well be seen
Dr.Birute Galdikas: Recognised worldwide as one of the best experts on orangutans. She began her research in the national park of Tanjung Putting in 1971. Nowadays she is the president of the international foundation for orangutans (OFI) and administrates the orangutan freedom camps. Because of the Park´s protocol and rules visiting Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui and Camp Leakey can only be done by ecotourism or limited activities.
Pangkalan Bun: This is the capital of Kotawaringin Barat region in central Kalimantan. It´s a friendly city as well as an entrance to the Tanjung Puting national park in the south part of the Dayak village in the north part.
Kumai: This is a district of Kotawaringin Barat , a 20 minute car ride from the airport in Pangkalan Bun. Kumai also in the port of entrance to the national park Tanjung Putting where all travellers will board the kelotoks. There is an important port in Kumai that connects eats Java with central Java by ferry.
Tanjung Puting national park: A protected area of forest covering 408,000 hectares. Home to much biodiversity including the largest population of orangutans in Borneo, a species in danger of extinction. There exists a species of primates, 38 species of mamiferos, 9 species of reptiles, 200 species of aves, 49 species of fish and more than 667 species of trees. This forest also absorbs potentially 53 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.
Aldea Sekonyer: Located in the national park it has developed into a village for ecotourism. Right now there are various local businesses in the community like wood workshops and souvenir shops. It´s people came from the various tribes like Malay, Bugis ,Madurese and Javanese.
Camp Leakey: Located in the main forest it´s a research and rehabilitation location for orangutans, wild and semi wild. At first this was an area of investigation of wild orangutans but developed into a rehabilitation center. Nowadays at least 2 generations of orangutans have been born here. Feeding takes place every day at 2pm.
Pondok Tanggui: This is a special zone of rehabilitation for young and semi wild orangutans. Pondok Tanggui is also a habitat for deer, wild boar and various species of aves. The visitor can watch feeding at 9am every morning.