Kayan Mentarang National Park
|Kayan Mentarang National Park|
Floating Gasoline Station in Kayan river at Kayan Mentarang National Park
|Location||North Kalimantan, Indonesia|
|Area||13,605 km2 (5,253 sq mi)|
|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.
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.
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.
Archaeological remains in the park including stone tools and graves indicate that the area was inhabited 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.
- Indonesian Ministry of Forestry: Kayan Mentarang National park, retrieved 6 July 2011
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- "'Remote expeditions in Kayan Mentarang National Park'"