Have you ever been awed by a natural ecosystem? If you haven’t, perhaps you should head to the 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. The site is not only diverse in terms of flora and fauna, but its landscape instantly makes you want to make it your home.
The site stretches from the western side of the Sumatra Island to the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range. The site happens to be home to several natural attractions as listed below:
Gunung Leuser National Park – This is located in the northern provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and Sumatra Utara. The park measures 150 kilometers long and 100 kilometers wide. Its landscape is dominated by mountains and the great Alas Valley Graben.
Kerinci Sablat National Park - This is located in the south-central provinces of Sumatra Barat, Jambi, Sumatra Selatan and Benkulu. About three quarters of the park is steep with its highest point being Gunung Kerinci at 3805 meters. It also happens to be the highest point in Indonesia. Amazingly, this active volcano has a beautiful crater lake at the 1996 meters. The lake is called Gunung Tujuh.
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park – This is located in the far southern provinces of Sumatra Selatan, Bengkulu and Lampung, and partly borders the south-west coast. The national park measures 350 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide. Its most prominent feature is the Gunung Pulung peak at 1964 meters. The park is an important water catchment area with several rivers originating from it. It also features several lakes as well as hot springs.
This World Heritage site is perhaps one of the most interesting ecosystems in the world. The fact that 10% of the world’s flowering plants are found in Sumatra makes it important to botany researchers. Its rainforests are comparable to the ones you find in Papua New Guinea and Borneo. About 180 species of mammals and 450 species of birds are endemic to the park.
Among the endangered species that are conserved within the park include; Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino, orangutan, Sumatran elephant, and Malayan sun-bear. The animals that are commonly found here include; Sumatran grizzled langur, Hoogerwerf's rat etc. Rare birds noted in the site's nomination are Sumatran ground cuckoo, Rueck's blue flycatcher, Storm's stork and white-winged duck.
Make sure you get a chance to explore and sights see this generously endowed natural landscape.
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