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Jakarta Post

Bantimurung to be developed into educational tourism park

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Tue, July 27 2010   /  10:33 am

With its abundant biodiversity, Bantimurung National Park in Maros regency, South Sulawesi, hopes to provide educational eco-tourism packages to visitors. The park is located about 30 kilometers from the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar. "Bantimurung holds such a rich biodiversity it can educate visitors in a *natural laboratory'. Visitors to the park not only enjoy the beautiful scenery but also learn something," Ilham Azikin, head of Maros Tourism Agency, said recently. Of the species found in Bantimurung, which is part of a conservation forest along with adjacent Bulusaraung National Park, include birds, reptiles, insects and apes along with 302 different plants recorded by the National Parks Agency. The park is also considered unique geologically, as it is surrounded by a karst mountain range, waterfalls and caves with stalagmites and stalactites. Ilham sai...