Welcome To Kalimantan, The Home Of The Orangutans

Welcome to Kalimantan, the home of the Orangutans, now let’s examine the word orangutan for a second, what does it mean. If we look at the Indonesian word ‘orang’ meaning person and ‘hutan’ meaning forest we get a better idea of how close a neighbour these wonderful apes are to us, the people of the[…]

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Pangkalan Bun

Central Kalimantan, The Heart Of Borneo

The capital of Central Kalimantan province is Palangkaraya with an area of 157,983 km2 and includes 13 districts with 85 city districts consisting of 1340 villages and 101 districts and autonomous regions. Here are some of the highlights: Tanjung Puting National Park (A National Park since 1982) The Key Information 400,000 hectors Terrain : tropical[…]

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Semolon Waterfall, North Kalimantan

Kalimantan, One Of The Last Wild Jungle Frontiers On Earth

The time you spend in Kalimantan will change you. You’ll carry away with you a sense of awe, of wonder, and of having experienced a piece of an ancient mystery. Kalimantan is one of the last wild jungle frontiers on earth. See it quickly before the chainsaws of progress forever erase it. Kalimantan is located[…]

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Orangutans in Nyaru Menteng

Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center

A lesser known Orangutan re-introduction center but no less important than Tanjung Puting is the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Re-introduction Center near Palangkaraya, capital city of Central Kalimantan. The Center is located within the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, which was originally meant only for rare vegetations. Today the reserve also includes a forest conservation area where captured primates are released to find their way back into[…]

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Orangutans, The Camp Leakey

Camp Leakey : The Oldest Orangutan Research And Conservation Center in The World

Established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and Rod Brindamour, Camp Leakey in the Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan is the oldest orangutan Research and Conservation Center in the world. The name was taken to honor paleo-anthropologist Louis Leakey, mentor and inspiration to Dr. Biruté Galdikas. Louis Leakey also supported Diane Fossey in the research and protection of the[…]

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Orangutan in Lamandau river

The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, Explore The Kalimantan Swamp Lands

The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, (in Bahasa Indonesia: Suaka Margasatwa Sungai Lamandau, or SMS Lamandau) is a river that flows through 76,000 hectares of tropical rainforest, and is a sanctuary for many endangered species, including the Borneo Orangutan. The reserve is funded by the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and provides preservation of lowland forest ecosystems[…]

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The town of Pangkalan bun

Pangkalan Bun, A Pleasant Town On The Arut River

When heading to the Tanjung Puting National Park, flight schedules may allow travelers to drive straight from the airport to the park, but there is no reason to avoid Pangkalan Bun, a pleasant town on the Arut River. “Whoever drank from the Arut River will surely return to Pangkalan Bun” says a classic saying for those who visit[…]

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Big orangutan in the Sebangau national park

Sebangau National Park : The Swamp Forests in Borneo

Spread out between the Katingan and the Sebangau Rivers, just at the outskirt of Palangkaraya, the Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan is one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Borneo. The vast national park covering approximately 568,700-hectare is home to over 6,000 orangutans, forming one of the world’s largest populations in the wild. Aside[…]

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Soekarno monument, Palangkaraya

Exploring Palangkaraya, The Capital City Of Central Kalimantan

Central Kalimantan, dominated by the indigenous Dayaks, is known as the lung of the world for its vast and fertile tropical jungles and forests. The northern mountain chain, the Schwaner Range, is home to some of the most pristine forests in Kalimantan. Certain areas are within WWF’s Heart of Borneo conservation initiative signed by the 3[…]

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Orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting, The Exotic Tropical National Park in Borneo

Imagine you are an explorer heading out to the jungle to see wild orang utans 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[…]

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Dayak tribe, Central Kalimantan

Getting To Know The Dayak Ways

The indigenous people inhabiting the dense tropical rainforests of Borneo are collectively called the Dayaks, but in fact they comprise many tribes that are diverse in culture as well as in language. The word “Dayak” actually means “inland” or “upriver”, especially where the Indonesian part of Borneo, – called Kalimantan, – is cut by many[…]

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The Central Kalimantan tourism

Central Kalimantan, The Biggest Province On The Borneo

Central Kalimantan is the biggest province on the island, covering 253,800 square kilometers, most are covered in jungles. The northern area is mountainous and difficult to reach. The central is dense tropical forest. The southern area is swampy and it has many rivers. The climate is hot and humid. The tree Dayak sub-tribes who inhabit[…]

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