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Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park holidays

Declared a game reserve in 1935, Tanjung Puting was reclassified as a national park in 1982 and protects a range of lowland habitats. Covering 3,000 sq km, the terrain is mainly low-lying swamp interspersed with black water rivers that flow into the Java Sea, turning into mangrove swamps at the river mouth. The higher, dry ground is covered with tropical rainforest with a canopy reaching 30 metres, open depression lakes, and areas of abandoned dry rice fields now covered with elephant grass and ferns. In areas of acidic, sandy soil, the tropical moist forest known locally as ‘kerangas’ thrives, characterised by a low canopy and thick underbrush.

The most famous animals present in Tanjung Puting are the orang utans, while proboscis monkeys and gibbons are also often seen here during the day, with tarsiers, glowing mushrooms, fireflies and owls at night. Up to 230 bird species have been recorded, including the rare rhinoceros, hornbill and Storm’s stork, white egrets, kingfishers and oriental darters. Other rare species, such as clouded leopards, civets, Malaysian sun bears, mouse deer, barking deer, sambar deer and red leaf monkeys are also present, but harder to find

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