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This is the list of the national parks of Indonesia. Of all the national parks, 6 are World Heritage Sites, 6 are part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and 3 are wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar convention. A total of 9 parks are largely marine. The first group of five Indonesian national parks were established in 1980. This number increased constantly reaching 41 in 2003. In a major expansion in 2004, nine more new national parks were created, raising the total number to 50.


Kayan Mentarang
National park

Kayan Mentarang National Park is a densely forested national park in East Kalimantan province, Borneo Island, Indonesia. The national park is named after a great dispersed (Mentarang) mountain trails plateau of Apau Kayan which covers 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. The government and WWF appointed co-ordinator for tourism within Kayan Mentarang National Park is Alex Balang of Long Bawan.

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.


Location map of Kayan Mentarang

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Last revised on January 06, 2011
    
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