Orangutan Feedings, Pondok Tanggui – Tanjung Puting National Park

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Part of the rehabilitation process that survives is daily feedings to released orangutans at jungle platforms. That’s where visitors go to see orangutans. Feedings take place at three camps: Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tangui and Camp Leakey. Times are generally fixed but check for schedule changes. Reaching camp feeding-stations requires a short walk through jungle from the dock. Trails can be slippery when wet. Wear boots or enclosed shoes, bring sun protection and vats of insect repellent.

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Tanjung Puting National Park has several ecosystem as lowland tropical rain forest, dryland forest, freshwater swamp forest, mangrove forest, coastal forest, and secondary forest. The Park is dominated by lowland forest plants like jelutung (Dyera costulata), ramin (Gonystylus bancanus), meranti (Shorea sp.), keruing (Dipterocarpus sp.), and rattans.

Endangered and protected animal species inhabiting Tanjung Puting National Park, include the orangutan (Pongo satyrus), proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), maroon leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda rubida), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus euryspilus), lesser Malay mouse deer (Tragulus javanicus klossii), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), and leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis).

The orangutan of Kalimantan has dark reddish fur and no tail. As they get older, the adult males cheeks flesh out, resembling cushions. The older they get, the bigger these cheek flanges grow, giving them a fierce look.

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There are several cities from wher flights to Pangkalanbun city can be done, such as  from Jakarta, Semarang, Banjarmasin, and Pontianak city. For flight schedules, please contact your nearby travel agent or direct to our company. From Pangkalanbun it is almost a hour drive to the harbor of Sekonyer River which streams in-to the heart of Tanjung Puting National Park. At the harbor Klotok Houseboats with sleeping facilities are available.

Tanjung Harapan is the first station in the orangutan rehabilitation process. Situated in the midst of secondary and swamp forest, it has a guesthouse, an information centre, and trails. Pondok Tanggui: orangutans that have passed the semi-wild phase are moved to Pondok Tanggui. There, they are closely monitored from a distance, and human contact is avoided. Camp Leakey: founded in 1971 in the middle of primary forest, this is the location for semi-wild and wild orangutans, and for younger orangutans from birth until three years of age. Natai Lengkuas is a bekantan research station, and watching other animals along the river.

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