Deforestation in Sumatra carves up tiger habitats into ever smaller patches; Basten Gokkon; MongaBay

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
  • Twelve years of deforestation in Sumatra have broken the habitats of its native big cat into smaller fragments, a new study says.
  • Only two of the remaining tiger forest landscapes in Sumatra are believed to have populations that are viable for the long term, both of which are under threat from planned road projects.
  • The researchers are calling for a complete halt to the destruction of tiger-occupied forests in Sumatra and the poaching of the nearly extinct predator.

JAKARTA — Extensive deforestation in Sumatra has corralled the island’s native tigers into fragmented habitats, only two of which contain a sufficiently robust population of the nearly extinct big cat, a recent study suggests.

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On the hunt for dragons: Hiking through Komodo Island; Samai Haider; Dhaka Tribune

India – Komodo National Park

Dragons exist, and not just on Westeros. Recounting my encounter with Komodo dragons in Indonesia.

I stared in trepidation at the long, smooth stick offered to me. Expecting a hard day’s hike ahead of us, I turned to our guide, a national park ranger and asked, “Rough terrain?” His sunbaked face split into what can only be construed as an amused smile, as he said, in broken English, “Yes, and also to fight Komodo dragon.”I looked at him in utter disbelief. A relic from the age of the dinosaurs, the Komodo dragon is the largest lizard on the planet, capable of growing up to 10 feet in length. It is known to outrun men, swim long distances in choppy waters to reach other far flung islands and possess a venomous bite – and I was meant to fight one off with a stick.

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The awe inspiring Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world!; Nicola Hilditch-Short; The Roaming Renegades

Indonesia – Borobudur Temple Compounds

Heading to Yogyakarta the main attraction for us was just outside the city: The stunning Borobudur Temple, the UNESCO largest Buddhist temple in the world!

The largest Buddhist temple in the world, a huge monument to this religion standing mysteriously atop a hill on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. Ever since I saw images of the characteristic and unique perforated stupas around the top of this enormous temple I knew it was somewhere I just had to visit. One of the religious wonders of the world, to Buddhism what the Vatican is to Catholics, the Blue Mosque to Muslims, the Taj Mahal to Hindus and the wailing wall to the Jewish and well deserving of its UNESCO world heritage status. It ranks alongside ancient wonders such as Bagan and Angkor Wat and is was one of highlights of our time exploring Asia!

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The Best Komodo National Park Tours, Trips & Tickets – East Nusa Tenggara; Viator

Indonesia – Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park, located in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 due to its biodiversity and most famous inhabitants, the Komodo dragon. The world’s largest lizard—sometimes reaching more than 9 feet (3 meters) in length—are found only on these beautiful and desolate volcanic islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar.
No matter which of the three islands in the park you visit, you’re almost guaranteed to see a dragon or two, but you might also spot Timor deer, water buffalo, wild boar, Rinca rats, wild horses, fruit bats or long-tailed macaque monkeys. The islands also represent one of the riches marine environments in Indonesia, and the diving opportunities on the reef just off the coast are top notch. Outdoor enthusiasts will find hiking trails (though you’ll need a guide) and smaller islands only accessible by kayak.
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Rising Sumatran tiger numbers show impact of protection efforts; Max Walden; Asian Correspondent

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

A NEW scientific paper has highlighted rising numbers of critically endangered tigers in a national park on Indonesia’s Sumatra island as the result of establishing an Intensive Protection Zone.

Authored by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Authority, the paper demonstrates numbers of Sumatran tigers in the park rose significantly over the decade to 2015, despite being on the Unesco List of World Heritage in Danger list.

“This increasing population trend in Sumatran tigers is a dream come true for all conservationists in Indonesia,” said Dr Noviar Andayani, WCS-Indonesia country director and co-author of the paper, which was published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation.

The Panthera tigris sumatrae is the only remaining species of “island tigers”, a subspecies including the now-extinct Java and Bali tigers.

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Sumatran tiger population recovering: Study; PTI

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

The population of Sumatran tigers – a critically endangered species found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra – may have increased despite living in a threatened UNESCO World Heritage Site, a study suggests.

The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is the only extant sub-species of ‘Island tigers’, which includes the now-extinct Javan and Bali tiger.

This sub-species is genetically distinct from the other six sub-species of continental tigers.

Researchers, including those from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), set 123 camera traps over a 1,000 square kilometre forest block located in a protection zone at the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Indonesia.

Results of the camera-trap study showed a Sumatran tiger population density increase to 2.8 tigers per 100 square kilometres in 2015 from 1.6 tigers in 2002.

Furthermore, the proportion of male and female tigers recently recorded was 1:3.

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Sumatran tigers on path to recovery in ‘in danger’ UNESCO World Heritage site; BIOENGINEER.ORG

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 23, 2017) – A new scientific publication from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Authority looks at the effectiveness of the park’s protection zone and finds that the density of Sumatran tigers has increased despite the continued threat of living in an ‘In Danger’ World Heritage Site.

Living only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is the only extant sub-species of ‘Island tigers’, which includes the now-extinct Javan and Bali tiger. This sub-species is genetically distinct from the other six sub-species of continental tigers.

Sumatran tigers face many challenges to their continued existence in the wild, where they require a home range of 25,000 hectares. These include being poached for their skin, bones and other body parts, involvement in conflict with people, a depleted prey base, and habitat loss.

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Borobudur Temple In The List Of Memory Of The World; Khairul Amri; News24XX

Indonesia – Borobudur Temple Compounds – Borobudur temple is currently awaiting queue in the list of Memory of the World, after this historic temple of Indonesia is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site (World Heritage Site).

The appointment will take place from 27 October to 3 November.

The authenticity of the document on the restoration of the world’s largest Buddhist temple in 1973-1983 became the benchmark of the Borobudur Temple’s fame in the UNESCO World Memory list. But, Borobudur Temple still have to compete with 130 other important documents from various countries.

The restoration of the Temple in Central Java was first performed during the Dutch colonial era, 1907 to 1911. However, they had minimal archiving.

Only in the second period – undertaken with the government, full evidence such as photographs, maps and scale images were collected as important documents.

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10 Incredible Things to Do in Yogyakarta on Your Very First Trip; Beatrice Tan; Tripzilla

Indonesia – Prambanan Temple Compounds

Forget Bali or Bintan, and discover one of Indonesia’s hidden gems.

Indonesia is a popular vacation destination that remains absolutely inviting to tourists all year round. Be it the white sandy beaches of Bali, the crystal clear blue waters of Bintan, or the interesting architecture and bustling city centre of Jakarta, the allure of this country is truly inexplicable. However, look beyond the idyllic beach paradise and financial heart of the country, and you will find a hidden gem that is often overlooked – the beautiful city of Yogyakarta!

Affectionately known as Jogja, Yogyakarta is located on the island of Java and can, in fact, be described as the cultural heart of Indonesia itself!

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AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach to open Summer 2018; Juergen T Steinmetz; eTurboNews

Indonesia – Komodo National Park

Just a one-hour flight from Bali, in West Flores, lies the scenic oasis of Labuan Bajo. This tropical paradise is overflowing with mesmerizing flora that extends from waterfalls to jagged dramatic mountain tops and vibrant sunsets overlooking Komodo National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

AYANA will be launching the first and only five-star resort on the exquisite Labuan Bajo, Waecicu Beach. AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach opens summer 2018 with 12 suites and 189 premium guest rooms. Inspired by light, comfort and open living, each contemporary room features a flawless ocean view with large windows to capture the golden glows of tropical sunset’s setting behind the distinctive Kukusan Island.

The unconventional design will allow guests to check-in from the 11th floor lobby, and access their room by descending towards the sandy shores.

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