Gunung Leuser National Park
Gunung Leuser National
Park, covering up 950,000 hectares in northern part of Sumatra,
Indonesia, frames the edges of North Sumatra and Aceh. The project
began in 1995 with the aid of European Union.
The forest, regarded
as one of the World’s biggest rain forest, combines few national
parks of Indonesia namely, Gunung Leuser, Kappi, Kluet, Sikundur
Langkat Wildlife Reserve, Ketambe Research Station, Singkil Barat
and Dolok Sembilin. The park is playing an import role as
protector of a vast range of ecosystems and a sanctuary. The Alas
River divides the park into two half.
Gunung Leuser National Park reserves approx 700 characters of
animals, amongst which are 320 birds, 176 mammals, 194 reptiles
Orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, leopard cat,
banded leaf monkey, silvered leaf monkey, long-tailed macaque,
Malayan sun bear, red giant flying squirrel, Asian elephant,
Temminck's golden cat, siamang, Sumatran Serow, swamp crocodile
and the clouded leopard.
Gunung Leuser is
esteemed for its reservation of Sumatran tiger and around 400 of
them are inhabiting there. Gunung Leuser f sanctuary of Orangutan,
the tree-living apes with long arms and brown or red hair. Two
Orangutan reserves come within its limit.
Gunung Leuser National Park is the abode of around 300 species of
birds and around 10,000 types of plants including the Rafflesia,
the largest flower in the world and Amorphophallus, the tallest
flower in the world. Different species of moss, wild flowers like
Gentians, Primula's, Strawberry and herbs and wild orchid are
visible here. But, the park is in trouble with illegal logging and
Buses are available from Medan to Kutacane (takes 5-6 hours) and
Bohorok-Bukit Lawang. Minibus service is available from Medan to
Kutacane, covering 233 km, faster. Organized trekking is permitted
with food and permits. For guide, contact PHPA offices, charges
are negotiable. The trip can be a thrilling experience with
watching Orangutan in open area along with an adventures trekking.
But the sky is often cloudy and it may rain a lot.
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