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Nantu’s forest facing endless threats

  • Syamsul Huda M. Suhari

    Contributor

Gorontalo   /   Tue, March 13 2012   /  09:00 am

Muddy: A male babi rusa in the wallow at Nantu, a site for the protected animals to congregate and consume salt and minerals.It’s always lively and noisy in the forest of Nantu in the morning, with birds singing, macaques shrieking and jumping, and allo or white-tailed hornbills occasionally flapping their wings vigorously.

On the forest floor are creeping and interwoven green rattan stems the size of adult human wrists, with their young shoots partly buried before winding up and around towering trees. The sky is obscured, covered by the dense jungle.

Nantu is a wildlife reserve in a 31,215-hectare area on the banks of the Paguyaman-Boliyohuto River in Gorontalo.

The forest can be reached by land via Saritani hamlet in Wonosari, Boalemo regency, where one has to cross the Nantu River in thigh-high water.

Nantu is also accessible by sailing along the Pagu...