This Nature Reserve is located on open grassland and is home to a great variety of flora and fauna. There are black apes, Maleo birds, snakes, wild pigs, hornbill birds and deer. But special interest is given to the Tarsius Monkeys, which sneak out at dawn and dusk. About the size of a Childs fist, these tiny monkeys are the smallest in the world and a delight to see.
The Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a flora and fauna conservation area on Mount Tangkoko in the district of Bitung in the province of North Sulawesi, about one hour’s drive from Manado. The reserve is particularly attractive for its unique wildlife that can be observed roaming free in the forest. The tarsiers, the black macaque monkeys, maleo birds, cuscus and the hornbills make this their habitat.
Tarsiers are the smallest primates in the world – only about a fist size – who make Tangkoko their last refuge and are found only in Sulawesi. Tarsiers (tarsius spectrum) look particularly cute because of their big saucer eyes. Locals know them as: tangkasi . Since these are nocturnal animals they can be observed only at night. The crested black macaques (macaca nigra), endemic to Sulawesi, usually come in large social groups, and can be seen playing, fighting or grooming themselves. While the cuscus, a pouched animal can be seen among the trees when one is particularly lucky.
Covering an area of 615 hectares, the Batuputih Nature Park is a savanna suitable for camping, outbound activities and relaxing by the beach. Since Batuputih is mostly visited by tourists, it is therefore also the most well known, although it is only one of four conservation areas at Tangkoko. In addition to the Batuputih Park, theTangkoko Reserve covers a total area of 3,196 hectares , where the Batuangus Nature Reserve has 635 hectares (located between the Tangkoko Nature Reserve and Pinangunian village), while the Duasaudara Nature Reserve covers 4,299 hectares (which includes Mount Duasaudara and its surrounding areas).
In this conservation area you may travel by car from Post I to Post II. Before reaching Post II, you will find a secondary tropical forest where are trees and pioneer plants such as forest betels, flower wood and binunga. At Post II, you can park your car and walk to explore the forest. Here are groups of Sulawesi black macaques (Macaca Nigra) and going deeper into the forest, you can hear the singing of birds such as that of the Rangon, the Kingfisher, doves and many more.
From Batu Putih, you are nearing the border of the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. This border is not quite clear but your local guide will tell you when you reach it. Visitors who explore Batuputih or the Tangkoko National Park must be accompanied by a Park guide, except for those who are experienced mountain climbers or are local or foreign researchers.
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