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TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK



Geographical location

Tanjung Puting National Park is geographically located between 2035'-3020 'South latitude and 111 050' - 112 015 'east longitude. This area is located on a headland on the south coast of Borneo, north-west of Central Kalimantan Province, covers the District of Kumai in West Kotawaringin and Pembuang Hulu districts, District Sembuluh Seruyan Hilir district. This area is limited by some conversion areas, creeks Kumai in the North, Seruyan River on the east and the Coast of Java Sea in the south and west.

The area of Tanjung Puting National Park 415,040 ha, mostly neighborhood is on a peninsula between the Gulf of Kumai, and Seruyan River.

The climate in this region including climate type A and B with a Q value of 8.6% and has a rainfall patterns are generally not based on the season, the humidity in the rainy season ranging between 55% -98% and the air temperature is 220-330 C. Rainfall average of around 2,400 mm / year, with the number of rainy days about 100 days / year. Most heavy rain occurs between the months of February - March and November - December. Driest period is during the months of August - September, before the start of the season northwest.

Topography of the region varies from lowland, hilly - the hill up light waves with a height of 0-30 m above sea level. Mostly marsh and tidal areas, particularly those located in small reed river up to the coast of the southern region. This area consists of a peninsula that lies low, swampy and waterlogged in certain seasons, fed by three major rivers namely Sekonyer rivers, Buluh Kecil River and  Buluh Besar River.

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THE LATEST ORANGUTANS RESCUED AND RELEASE


Already this year 2015, the foundation has had to realease several recued orangutans into protected forest. Among the rescues undertaken by the Foundation’s partnership with the rescue team from BKSDA (Agency fo Conservation of Natural Resources for Central Kalimantan) was large cheek-padded male orangutan, now named Raja, and most recently, Rico a female, who is about 12 year old. Like most of our rescued orangutans, Raja was found living on the outskirts of an oil-palm platantion, while Rico was ancroaching 0n local village.

The foundation prefers to be able to realease alkl rescued orangutans as quickly as possible, but ensuring their health and safety before doing so takes precedence-good health is essential for a translocated orangutan to survive in the wild.

When the BKSDA staff rescued RICO and brought he to Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan, she was weak and had minor wound on her hands, and so she entered the recovery phase of our realese programme After 17 days Rico showed positive improvement and was promptly release into the forests surrounding Camp Rasak in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

Once released, orangutans are quick to return to the tall forest canopies. Pausing only to assess the forest from a great height, they disappear rapidly into the tree tops, off to explore their new home.
2014 saw 18 Foundation rescues, but with efforts being made in the field to reduce human-wildlife conflict, we hope to see fewer orangutans in need of rescuing in future year.
 

DOES MY FACE LOOK BIG IN THESE....?

Today, orangutans, seem to be every wherw: in terry protchett’s discworld novels in hollywood’s planet of the apes, on products, in zoo and in documentaries. These species have achieved such an assault on the public consciousness that it is easy to think we know everything about them in reality, our scientific understanding of orangutans remains quite basic, largely due to the dificulties of observing them in the wild. We still don’t know how far they range, nor do we fully comprehend their social or sexual behaviour. In particular it is unclear why some male orangutans including kusasi the former dominant male at Camp Leaky in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park-develop large cheek pads’on their faces.

Typically, only one male orangutan in any given area-the dominant one-has cheek pads. It is commonly assumed that these make him more attrative to females, resulting in greater reproductive success compared with with plain, non cheek padded rival. But males without cheek pads are also know to be capable of fathering offspring-and have done so prolifically in zoos and in the wild. Dominant males have to find and consume more calories, thei movement is restricted as a result of their size and fights with neighbouring dominant is restricted as a result of their size and fights with neighbouring dominat males have been known to result in death. So, why would a male develop cheek pads if he can father offspring without?

In tried to answer this question in 2007, as an undergraduate at the University Of Aberdeen. With the help of Ashley Leiman, director of the Orangutan Foundation, and the Foundation’s staff, I spent many months over the following years at Pondok Ambung, the Foundation’s research atation in Tanjung Puting National Park By Following orangutans from down till dusk and collecting  faecal samples.

Travelling Tips with Klotok Trip to Tanjung Puting National Park.


After you have made your Klotok Trip booking, there should be several things you should take note regarding what items that you bring with during doing the Klotok Trip to Tanjung Puting National Park, below I try to write for you who want to travel with Klotok Trip River Cruise to watch orangutan tour in Tanjung Puting National Park:

  1. Clothing: during the klotok tour, there may be no special clothing you need to bring. It is better if you wear pants during your klotok tour because you will enter forest and to avoid mosquito bites. Probably while in Klotok there will be not too many mosquito attacking you. But if you enter the forest and want to see orangutan feeding, then you should wear pants to avoid the mosquito bites.
  2. For footwear, it is advisable to wear shoes because when you enter the forest, the trip will be rather difficult since there are many obstacles as the tree roots that will disrupt your trip in the forest. Therefore you should wear shoes.
  3. Bring mosquito repellents during your klotok tour trip. Use it when you will set out with the klotok since you will enter the Tanjung Puting National Park forest. Mosquito will be so many if you enter the forest when watching the feeding, but when you are in the klotok, the mosquito is not too many.
  4. Bring your blankets. It will be useful at the night since at the night the temperature will be cold, and for the mattresses, pillows and mosquito nets you do not need to bring them because all of them have been prepared in klotok.
  5. Toiletries. Bring your toiletries such as towels, soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes because it is not provided in klotok.
  6. Don’t forget to bring your camera, and bring as well alternative batteries because during the trip you will find good objects to capture during your klotok tour trip and in the klotok mostly klotok provides electricity to charge the camera batteries and your phones.
  7. Bring small flashlights with you because it may be useful for you at the night when you have to spend the night in klotok.
Thus here are the travelling tips with klotok to Tanjung Puting National Park. Enjoy your trip with your family. This trip will be a different experience in your life.
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Booking Tips for Klotok Tour to Tanjung Puting National Park



Visiting Tanjung Puting National Park to watch orangutan, there are several things you need to note, in matter of booking orangutan tour, or klotok tour. You may note several matters:

  1. If you want to book the tour through travel agency, it is advisable that you book it 1 month before the departure, but if your tour plan is in July or August, you should book it 3-4 months in advance. Because these months are the highest sessions, if you are late to book, then you will not be able to get klotok for you tour means.
  2. If you book it online (internet), find travel agency that offers price that is not too high or too low. And don’t be too tempted by the low price offers on the internet. Because the low prices will not necessarily provide you with satisfactory services. So find fair price offers.
  3. Book your Klotok tour to evident tour agency, that is giving clear address, if you book through internet, check the website whether it provides their clear addresses. An advice from us is that if you book Klotok tour, then book your tour to travel agency located in Kalimantan, more precisely located in Pangkalan Bun since the travel agency in the Pangkalan Bun knows the details regarding tour klotok in Tanjung Puting National Park.
  4. If you have already made booking for klotok, arrange your arrival schedule in Pangkalan Bun. If you arrive around 07:00 AM – 13:00 PM, you may directly begin the tour, but if you arrive around 14:00 AM – 16:00 PM, it is advisable that you spend the night first at the Hotel, then the next day you may begin your tour because on the first day klotok Tour program usually watches orangutan, will visit the first orangutan feeding camp at 15:00 PM, surely you will not be able to see this place.
  5. For booking klotok tour that you make in Ramadan, it is advisable that you ask first to the travel agency, what date Eid is exactly because usually at that time our klotok tour is closed. However if a customer wants, we usually ask higher rates from our normal rates, and what you should also take some notes at the Eid is that usually the flight in Indonesia on 15 days before the Eid and 10 days afterwards will be full, so it is advisable that you do your tour near at this time. You should already have a ticket to get in and out of Pangkalan Bun so that your trip to the next destination is going to be safe.
  6. During the klotok tour and you order to sleep in the boars/klotok, you do not need to be afraid regarding the sleeping equipments because it has been prepared in the klotok. In the klotok, mattresses, pillows and mosquito nets have been prepared, and all the klotok used for the klotok tour to watch orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park have prepared Toilets and showers.
  7. For the food during the Klotok tour to Tanjung Puting National Park, all the necessities of your food during the tour have been prepared in the boats. Food and drinks will be brought from Kumai because at the tour location there are no sellers or traders. In the klotok we have prepared a cook whose duty is to provide all food for the tourists to the crews. But if you wish to bring snacks, you may bring it from Kumai.
  8. If all your tour plans have been prepared well such as from your tour booking to your flight ticket booking, the next step is preparing anything you may need to bring for this tour trip. For these tips I will write in other articles. Please read it here.
 
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