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TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Situated in Southwest Kalimantan within the Central Kalimantan Province, Tanjung Puting is one of the more accessible national parks in Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is the largest and most diverse protected example of this extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest which used to cover much of southern Borneo. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935. In 1981 the park was being declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme. The following year, in 1982 the park was upgraded to a National Park by the Indonesian Government.

The park is widely recognised as an important genetic resource of great value for scientific research. Tanjung Puting is covered by a complex mosaic of diverse lowland habitats. It contains 3,040 sq km of low lying swampy terrain punctuated by black water rivers which flow into the Java Sea.

The best known animals in Tanjung Puting National Park are the orangutans, although proboscis monkeys as well as seven other primate species are also present in the park. Clouded leopards, civets, and Malayan sun bears are also found, as are mouse deer, barking deer, and sambar deer.

Tanjung Puting National Park has more than 4,000 orangutans' population, making it one of the largest remaining populations in Borneo.

The national park hosts over 220 species of birds, including hornbills, deep forest birds and many other wetland species.

Located inside Tanjung Puting National Park, Camp Leakey Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1971 as the first place in Indonesia to become a rehabilitation centre for orangutans. There are now three orangutan rehabilitation locations, Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey.

Camp Leakey at Tanjung Puting National Park at Central Kalimantan Indonesia Borneo Island is the location for semi-wild and wild orangutans in the middle of the prime Rain Forest. Tours for watching orangutans, Long Nose monkeys and other animals along the river can be done.

Further write up on Camp Leakey can be viewed at Camp Leakey Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre