EXPLORING GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK
Gunung Leuser National Park is the main object of tourism in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, Indonesia. We understand the mood of the wild adventurers such as the trekkers and backpackers. So that, we will offer you as many as possible, the opportunity to roam inside the Sumatra rainforests, Gunung Leuser National Park.
Approximately 8,500 different plant species grow in the beach, swamp, lowland, mountain and alpine ecosystems of the Gunung Leuser National Park and the Leuser Ecosystem, with no less than 4,000 of these growing in the GLNP itself. There are about 130 species of carnivorous and herbivorous animals, 350 bird species, 194 species of reptiles and amphibians and 129 of the 205 species of mammals of Sumatra are known to live in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Gunung Leuser National Park is a representative type of coastal forest and lowland tropical rainforest ecosystems. Almost entire Leuser area is covered by Dipterocarpaceae with several rivers and waterfalls. Started from the rare plants such as giant umbrella leaf (Johannesteijsmannia Altifrons), rafflesia flower (Rafflesia Atjehensis and Rafflesia Micropylora) and Rhizanthes Zippelnii until the rainforest tallest trees such as Tualang tree (Koompassia Excelsa) and Kapok tree (Ceiba Pentandra).
There are several areas where can be the start points for trekking to roam the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park, i.e Bukit Lawang, Landak river, Selang Pangeran and Batu Katak. If you are lucky, you can find endangered and protected wild animals such as Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii), Gibbon (Hylobates Syndactylus), Sumatran elephant (Elephas Maximus Sumatranus), Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis), Sumatran tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae), forest goat or mainland serow (Capricornis Sumatraensis), hornbill (Buceros Bicornis), sambar (Cervus Unicolor) and Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis Diardi) in Gunung National National Park.
STUDY ABOUT ANIMALS IN BUKIT LAWANG
In 1973 a Swiss organization established an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Lawang. Their main purpose and mission were to preserve the decreasing number of orangutan population that caused by hunting, trading and deforestation. The rangers of orangutan rehabilitation centre teached the orangutans all the necessary skills to survive in the wild nature. After a period of quarantine, readjustment to the natural habitat and reintegration in the wild population. Two times a day (09.00 and 15.00), visitors now are allowed to join semi-wild orangutans while getting provided with supplementary food at the feeding platform.
During visiting the orangutan rehabilitation center, we will provide you our professional staff to learn more about orangutan. We will give you all information you want to know about orangutan. One thing you have to know, that orangutans in rehabilitation center are the semi-wild orangutans. These semi-wild orangutans are the orangutans that seized by SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program) from wildlife trafficking and poachers. The killing, capturing and trading of orangutans in Indonesia are against the law and legislation on wildlife. The legislation on wildlife is also valid to all endangered species that found in Indonesia, such as Sumatran orangutan, Gibbon, Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, Sumatran tiger, Forest Goat or Mainland Serow , Hornbill, Sambar and Sunda clouded leopard.
SUPPORTING OUR ECOTOURISM & ECOPROJECT
Supporting our ecotourism is the most important thing in ensuring the local communities that ecotourism is much better than growing the palm oil and rubber plantation. There is a strong reason that led us to create this website in supporting ecotourism programs. It was an exciting news to hear from locals that saying "we also believe the pure and clean ecotourism activities and business are much better than cutting down the trees and replace it with palm oil plantation for the sake of livelihood".
I am motivated to engage in this ecotourism programs because I believe I need to support them, it was a great step for ecotourism to see ex-bird poacher feels happy to see tiger came to village to prey his cow. Activities that supporting our ecotourism programs has several options, such as visiting ecotourism areas of Landak river, Selang Pangeran, and Batu Katak.
All ecotourism areas that mentioned above are bordering protected-jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. You will also find an opportunity to discover about nature, social and culture of Indonesia under experienced-supervisor control, that's also why we are ready to manage your visa if you want stay longer in Indonesia. We are also involved in education to teach our guests about jungle and traditional medicine plants.