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Way Kambas National Park, habitat of Sumatran Elephants and Tigers Closed until 1 December

November 19, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

The Way Kambas National Park wardens have reminded the public that the Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, habitat of the Sumatra elephants, tigers, rhinos and other endangered animals has been temporarily closed to the public since 1 October for restoration. The Park will be reopened on 2 December next month.

Spokesman for the Park, Sukatmoko said that the closure is aimed to allow the ecosystem and the environment in the Park to restore. He therefore, urges tourists and visitors alike to reschedule their visit to December and beyond. way_kambas_02

The  extensive 125,621 hectares Way Kambas Park is home to a number of endangered and protected wildlife, It is best known for the home of the Sumatran elephants (elephas maximus sumatranus), but here are also protected Sumatran rhinos (dicerorhinus sumatrensis), Sumatran tigers (panthera tigris sumatrae), tapirs (tapirus indicus), and the mentok rimba(cairina scutulata).

The Way Kambas National Park, located at the most-southern end of the island of Sumatra is a lowland tropical forest at an altitude of between 50 to 100 meters above sea level comprising mostly of savannas and swamps.

The Park is surrounded by three rivers, being the Way Penet, flowing 30 Km to its south, the Way Gadungan 65 Km in length to its north, and the Way Sukadana, stretching18 Km located to its west. While east of the Park is the coast facing the Indian Ocean that stretches 65 Km along the park. .

These conditions are very conducive as habitat for the above rare animals.

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