The draw of nature
their survival. The 300,000 hectares of protected rainforest enable more than 5,000 orangutans to live in a semi-wild environment where they can go about their daily foraging, nest-building and breeding without fear of plantation expansion, poaching, logging, forest fires or capture for the illegal pet trade.
It is the only protected area in South East Asia with vast tracts of wetland, lowland, mature tropical heaths and forest swamps. Here orangutans, along with proboscis and macaque monkeys, can feed from more than 400 species of tree, and take advantage of the care that they receive from the park wardens.
Being one of the last places on earth where orangutans exist in the wild, Central Kalimantan is a haven for conservationists, scientists, zoologists and eco-tourists. Vast, remote and beautiful, it is as romantic as it is educational. The unbroken soundtrack of the jungle as your traditional klotok riverboat chugs upriver, rainforest trees on either side swaying in the breeze or under the weight of travelling monkeys, is a constant reminder of nature’s ever-depleting beauty and its dire need of rescue. Nature is the paramount lure to this part of the world, and although Indonesia’s tourism sector is established in Bali, Kalimantan remains relatively underdeveloped,