Kerinci Seblat National Park

Kerinci Seblat National Park is the largest national park on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It has a total area of 13,791 km2 and spans four provinces: West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu, and South Sumatra.

Kerinci Seblat National Park
Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat
Mount Kerinci in Kerinci Seblat National Park
Map showing the location of Kerinci Seblat National Park
Map showing the location of Kerinci Seblat National Park
Kerinci Seblat NP
Location in Sumatra
Map showing the location of Kerinci Seblat National Park
Map showing the location of Kerinci Seblat National Park
Kerinci Seblat NP
Kerinci Seblat NP (Indonesia)
LocationSumatra, Indonesia
Nearest cityPadang
Coordinates2°25′S 101°29′E / 2.417°S 101.483°E / -2.417; 101.483
Area1,375,000 ha (5,310 sq mi)
Governing bodyMinistry of Environment and Forestry
World Heritage site2004
Criteriavii, ix, x
Designated2004 (28th session)
Part ofTropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Reference no.1167
Endangered2011 (2011)–present

Geography edit

A river in Kerinci Seblat National Park

It is located between 100°31'18"E - 102°44'01"E and 1°07'13"S - 3°26'14"S.

The park area includes a large part of the Barisan mountain range, which forms the western spine of Sumatra island and includes the highest peak in Sumatra, Mount Kerinci (3,805 m), one of more than five active volcanoes in the national park. This mainly montane park includes hot springs, rivers with rapids, caves, scenic waterfalls, and the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia - Lake Gunung Tujuh, while the Great Sumatran fault runs through the national park making the area of great interest to geologists. The park completely encircles the populated Kerinci Valley.

Flora and fauna edit

The park is home to diverse flora and fauna.[1] Over 4,000 plant species have been identified to date in the parking area, including the world's largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldi, and the plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence, the titan arum.

The fauna includes Sumatran tigers, and the park is recognised under the Global Tiger Initiative as one of the 12 most important protected areas in the world for tiger conservation. A recent study shows that the Kerinci Seblat National Park in central Sumatra has the highest population of tigers on the island, estimated to be 165-190 individuals. The park also was shown to have the highest tiger occupancy rate of the protected areas, with 83% of the park showing signs of tigers.[2] More tigers are in the Kerinci Seblat National Park than in all of Nepal, and more than in China, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam combined.[3][4]

The national park is home to other kinds of big, medium, and small cats, clouded leopard/macan dahan (Neofelis nebulosa), marbled cat/kucing batu (Pardofelis marmorata), leopard cat/kucing hutan (Prionailurus bengalensis), and Asian golden cat/kucing emas (Catopuma temminckii). The Asian golden cats can be found everywhere in the national park, as they adapt well to various kinds of habitats, both forested and open spaces. One camera trap image gave a rare photo of a golden cat mother moving a cub to another location with her mouth.[5]

Other highly endangered species include Sumatran dhole, Sumatran elephants, Sunda clouded leopard, Malayan tapir, and Malayan sun bear. In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature added a second species of muntjak deer to the Sumatran list of fauna with the rediscovery of the Sumatran muntjac, a deer not recorded since the late 1920s and now concluded as a new species and not subspecies. The park also protects more than 370 bird species, including the Sumatran ground-cuckoo rediscovered in the park in 2002.

The Kerinci area is home to more than 300 bird species, including 17 of Sumatra's 20 endemic birds, making it of particular importance to ornithologists and bird-watching enthusiasts.[6]

The population of Sumatran rhinoceros in the park was estimated to number around 500 in the 1980s,[7] but due to poaching, the Kerinci Seblat population is now considered extinct.[8]

Conservation and threats edit

The national park was declared in 1982, formed from numerous watershed protection forests or hutan lindung and small nature reserves, although its borders were only legally confirmed in the late 1990s.

Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Gunung Leuser National Parks, it forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.[9] Since 2011 UNESCO also listed this world heritage as World Heritage in Danger.[10]

Kerinci Seblat National Park is also recognised as an ASEAN Heritage Site.

Wildlife conservation program edit

To practice personal relations with Sumatran elephants, the Seblat Elephant Conservation Center in Bengkulu Province is the sole center that receives local and foreign students. Until June 2012, the students (volunteers) came from France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, and from within the country. In the 7-day course, they learn how an elephant tamer takes care of the elephants. They also help feed and bathing the 19 elephants at the center feeding milk to a two-year-old elephant calf. The students make a report once they return to their respective home countries.[11]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Kerinci Seblat National Park Bird and Mammal List"
  2. ^ Wibisono HT, Linkie M, Guillera-Arroita G, Smith JA, Sunarto, et al. (2011)"Population Status of a Cryptic Top Predator: An Island-Wide Assessment of Tigers in Sumatran Rainforests"
  3. ^ "Road-building Plans Threaten Tigers - Jakarta Post April 28 2011" Archived 2014-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ""No humour, not this time - Debbie Martyr, 21st Century Tiger"". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  5. ^ Hendra Gunawan (February 8, 2015). "Kucing Emas Langka Tertangkap Kamera di TNKS Jambi".
  6. ^ Antara News: Kerinci Seblat potential world birdwatching destination: observer, 21 March 2011
  7. ^ SOS Rhino : Rhino population at Indonesian reserve drops by 90 percent in 14 years Archived 2012-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, 18 March 2012
  8. ^ Save The Rhino : Sumatran rhino numbers revised downwards, 18 March 2012
  9. ^ "Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. UNESCO. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  10. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  11. ^ "Foreign students get up close and personal with Sumatran elephants". June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012.

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