Meratus Mountains

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Meratus Mountains
Pegunungani Meratus di Bajuin.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 1,892 m (6,207 ft)
Coordinates 2°47′00″S 115°29′00″E / 2.78333°S 115.48333°E / -2.78333; 115.48333Coordinates: 2°47′00″S 115°29′00″E / 2.78333°S 115.48333°E / -2.78333; 115.48333
Meratus Mountains is located in Borneo Topography
Meratus Mountains
Meratus Mountains
Location on Borneo
Location South Kalimantan, Borneo

The Meratus Mountains is a mountain range in the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan, on Borneo island. The mountains run in a north-south arc that divides South Kalimantan province into two almost equal parts. Its highest peak is Mount Besar with 1,892 metres.

The mountains are inhabited by the "semi-nomadic" Meratus Dayak people.

In the 1990s the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation reintroduced 350 orangutans into the protected Meratus and Sungai Wain forests. Due to extensive deforestation the ecosystem of the mountains, including many flora and fauna species are endangered. Traditional Dayak villages are also disappearing.[1]