Jayawijaya Mountains

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The Jayawijaya Mountains, formerly known as the Orange Range, are the eastern mountain range of the Maoke Mountains in the central highlands region of the Indonesian part of New Guinea. The range extends for 230 miles east of the Sudirman Range to the Star Mountains. Its highest point is Puncak Mandala at 4,760 metres (15,617 ft). The Baliem River has its source in the range.

Inhabitants of the range include the Ketengban.[1]

In 1997 sightings of animals matching the description of the thylacine, an extinct Australian marsupial were reported from "the Jayawijaya region of Irian Jaya".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diamond & Bishop (1999)
  2. ^ Walters (1997)


  • Diamond, Jared & Bishop, K. David (1999): Ethno-ornithology of the Ketengban People, Indonesian New Guinea. In: Medin, Douglas L. & Atran, Scott: Folkbiology: 17–46. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-63192-X
  • Walters, Patrick (1997): Irian Jayans spy 'Tassie Tiger'. Version of 1997-AUG-20. Retrieved 2008-JUN-17.

Coordinates: 4°21′S 139°25′E / 4.350°S 139.417°E / -4.350; 139.417