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Palung Mountain National Park

Written By Rio Gonzales on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Geographically, Palung Mountain National Park is located at 1 ° 00 '- 1 ° 20' latitude and 109 ° 00 '- 110 ° 24' E in Palung Mountain in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Palung Mountain National Park has a complete ecosystem above all national parks in Indonesia. In addition, Palung Mountain National Park is also a habitat for approximately 2.200 orangutans. About 65 percent of the region, still a primary forest undisturbed by human activity and has many wild plant and animal communities. Like other areas of West Kalimantan, this region is generally covered by Trembesi (Eusideroxylon zwageri), damar (Agathis borneensis), ramin (Gonystylus bancanus), Pulai (Alstonia scholaris), Rengas (Gluta renghas), jelutung (Dyera costulata), Bruguiera sp, and medicinal plants. Plants are quite unique in this national park is the black orchid (Coelogyne pandurata). The appeal of the black orchid flower seen in the form of which is marked with green color with a combination of black spot in the middle of the flower, and bloom time between 5-6 days.

Noted there are 190 species of birds and 35 kinds of mammals that acts as spreader plant seeds in the forest. All families of birds and probably of all bird species in Borneo, still lives in Palung Mountain National Park. Animals are often seen in the Palung Mountain National Park is bekantan (Nasalis larvatus), orangutan (Pongo Satyrus), four-striped ground squirrel (Lariscus hosei), deer (Muntiacus muntjak pleiharicus), Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), ivory turtle (Orlitia borneensis), and jars turtle (Caretta caretta). No less interesting presence of squirrels walnuts (Rheithrosciurus macrotis) is very rare, and difficult to see.

Point of tourism to visit, such as Kampung Baru where bekantan animal observation, Matan and Simpang River with river scour tour , observing wildlife and cultural tourism (ancient site), and climbing in Palung Mountain (1.116 m) and Panti Mountain (1.050 m).

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