Gold Mining and Camp Leakey Tour – 1 Day
Travel far up the Sekonyer River and see first hand the devastating effects of Gold mining extraction on the environment and learn about the complexity of the situation. Follow this with a memorable Orangutans encounter at Camp Leakey or a visit to Pesalat Reforestation Project both revealing the fragility of our ecosystem.
This tour is all about witnessing, learning and understanding the complexity of the situation Orangutans face today in Borneo and Tanjung Puting National Park.
You will board your “klotok” at 0700 and travel the Sekonyer River for about 4 hours to see the practices of gold and silica mining and their detrimental effects to the park and surrounding vegetation. On route you should see many animals and birds including orangutans, proboscis monkeys, long tailed macaques, crocodiles and many bird species.
Mining, together with illegal logging, commercial oil palm plantations, illegal agriculture and poaching, is one of the major threats to the survival of orangutans. 80% of Orangutans’ habitat has been lost in the past 20 years. Practices, such as the release of poisonous mercury in the Sekonyer River, also contaminate the main water supply available to local villages. The battle between industrial progress, people’s livelihood and the fragile biodiversity of Tanjung Puting National Park remains constant.
On your return to the lodge, you will stop at Camp Leakey, a landmark research and rehabilitation center established in 1971 by renowned primatologist, Dr. Birute Galdikas. You will observe orangutans in the wild and feel their vulnerability. Camp Leakey also offers an informative Information Center with a strong educational purpose. After this unique experience, you return to the lodge and hopefully see proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) roosting in trees for the night. Enjoy your dinner. To complete the day, your Guide will show you an after dinner DVD on Orangutans.
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