|Betung Kerihun National Park|
Betung Kerihun National Park is hilly. The Muller range which connects
Mt. Betung and Mt. Kerihun also forms the border between Indonesia and
The Park has eight types of forest ecosystem such as lowland forest, old secondary forest, Dipterocarpus, sub-montane and montane forest, with a high value plant diversity of 1,216 species consisting of 418 genera and 110 families (75% endemic to Kalimantan). Fourteen species are "new records" in Indonesia, like Musa lawitiensis, Neouvaria acuminatissima, Castanopsis inermis, Lithocarpus philippinensis, Chisocheton cauliflorus, Syzygium spicata, and Shorea peltata; and 13 species of palm which are "new records" in Kalimantan, such as Pinanga bifidovariegata and Ixora sp.
The dominant and most commonly seen animals are orangutan (Pongo satyrus), sambar deer (Cervus unicolor brookei), western tarsier (Tarsius bancanus borneanus), Mueller's Bornean grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri), maroon leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda rubicunda), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus euryspilus), hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana), and larger Malay mouse deer (Tragulus napu borneanus).
The most distinct species of bird in this Park are the wreathed hornbill (Aceros undulatus) and the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) which is the mascot of West Kalimantan.
The Park has been proposed as a Trans-Border Reserve together with Lantjak Entimau Wildlife Reserve in Serawak.
The potentially vast biodiversity riches of the Park pose a challenge to researchers to reveal them. But the Park also has several other attractions such as beautiful vistas over the forest crown which seems to go on forever; crystal-clear water flowing from waterfalls on the hilltops; birdcalls and the screeches and cries of various animals.As with other inland people throughout much of Kalimantan, most of the people living around the Park are Dayak. Here, they belong to the Dayak Iban, Dayak Taman, and Dayak Bukat tribes. Many people are still adorned with tattoos in typical and very distinctive patterns.
Range: this forms part of the national border. Mt. Kerihun and Mt.
Betung are good places for climbing.
Best time of year to visit: September to December.
reach the Park: Pontianak-Putussibau by four wheel drive, about
18 hours; or by small plane (Cessna), about 2.5 hours. Then, from Putussibau
along the Kapuas, Sibau and Mendalam rivers by semi-longboat, about
5 hours, or alternatively, from Putussibau up the Kapuas and Embaloh
Hulu rivers by speed boat, about 3 hours; and then up the Embaloh Hulu
river by semi-longboat, about 9 hours.
Kompleks KODIM 1206, Putussibau - Kalbar - 78711
Designated : Minister
of Forestry, SK.No.467/Kpts-II/95,
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