Kayan Mentarang National Park

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Kayan Mentarang National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Floating Gasoline Station in Kayan river at Kayan Mentarang National Park
Map showing the location of Kayan Mentarang National Park
Map showing the location of Kayan Mentarang National Park
Kayan Mentarang NP
Location of Kayan Mentarang NP in Borneo
Location North Kalimantan, Indonesia
Coordinates 3°12′N 115°30′E / 3.200°N 115.500°E / 3.200; 115.500Coordinates: 3°12′N 115°30′E / 3.200°N 115.500°E / 3.200; 115.500
Area 13,605 km²
Established 1996
Governing body Ministry of Forestry

Kayan Mentarang National Park is a densely forested national park in North Kalimantan province, Borneo Island, Indonesia. The national park is named after a great dispersed Mentarang mountain trails plateau of Apau Kayan which covers the entire park from Datadian area in south region to Apau Ping area in mid region until Long Bawan in north region.

Geography[edit]

Kayan Mentarang National Park is located at the border between Indonesia and Malaysia. The park is central to the WWF Heart of Borneo initiative, which aims to protect the transboundary highlands of Borneo, which straddle the three Southeast Asian nations of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Until recently it has been difficult for tourists to enter this huge National Park, with difficulties often encountered at the local rural Malaysian-Indonesian border checkpoint. However as the Heart of Borneo initiative has progressed agreements have been put in place which promotes movement of tourists into Kayan Mentarang National Park from Malaysia via Bakelelan in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

Ecology[edit]

Animals found in the park include the mammals such as Malayan pangolin, the Long-tailed macaque, the Proboscis monkey, the Bornean Gibbon, the Greater slow loris, the Western tarsier, the Clouded leopard, the Marbled cat, the Flat-headed cat, the Oriental small-clawed otter, the Sun bear, and the Hose's palm civet.

Other protected species include the Rhinoceros Hornbill, the Helmeted Hornbill, Bulwer's Pheasant, and the Wrinkled Hornbill.

Human habitation[edit]

Archaeological remains in the park including stone tools and graves indicate that the area has been inhabited since over 350 years ago. Currently there are about 20,000-25,000 Dayak people living around the park, from various tribes including the Kenyah, Punan, Lun Daye and Lun Bawang.[1]

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