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Jakarta Post

Watching wild animals at Batuputih Nature Tourism Park

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 6 2008   /  12:06 pm

The wild animals at Batuputih Nature Tourism Park is a major tourist attraction in Bitung regency, North Sulawesi. Visitors are able to watch and observe a spectrum of animals, mainly tarsiers, the world's smallest primates. There are also Sulawesi crested black macaques, tailless monkeys and bats. Endangered tropical birds like kingfishers and red-knobbed hornbills, from the toucan family, soar noisily above the jungle. The Batuputih Nature Tourism Park is part of the vast Tangkoko-Batuangus Nature Reserve with a total area of over 8,700 hectares. "Wake up, wake up, it's nearly dawn. Let's go, otherwise the tarsiers will go back to their homes," Saroyo Sumarto, a researcher of wild animals in North Sulawesi, shouted to a group of reporters fast asleep. The nocturnal tarsiers live in groups. One group lives in a large hollow tree in the midd...