Orangutan “human of the forest” of the Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan!

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There are several National Parks in Kalimantan where Orangutans can be spotted “easily”. Tanjung Puting National Park, at Central Kalimantan, here you can find them around Camp Leakey Rehabilitation Centre. This is different with the 200.000 Hectare Kutai National Park on the east coast of Indonesia East Kalimantan province, where Orangutans live much more wild in their natural habitat, with assistance of guide; Orangutan can be seen in the trees in their natural habitat.

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Kutai National Park is a lowland national park located on the east coast of Borneo Island, in the East Kalimantan.

The orangutans are exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. A survey conducted in 2010 identified over 2,000 orangutans to inhabit the park.

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Prefab Orangutan Research station.

We took a flight from Jakarta to Balikpapan and then drove for six hours to the mining Town of Sangatta. We took a short river trip in a ketinting (a traditional small boat for navigating rivers) up the Sangatta River from Kabo Pier (on the western side of the town of Sangatta) to the Prefab Orangutan Research station. We dropped our stuff and directly started a jungle trek into the forest, looking for wild life and Orangutans, in the rainforest.

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Ketinting is a traditional small boat for navigating rivers in Kalimantan.

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