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Gunung Leuser National Park

Listed under Rainforests and Jungles in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Approximately 700 different animal species live in the jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park, one of Indonesia’s largest reserves and one of these species is the endangered Sumatran Tiger. Graceful and lithe, the Sumatran Tiger is slightly smaller than their cousins and have distinctive white side whiskers.

Of the estimated 400 Sumatran Tigers still living in Sumatra, more than 110 live within the Gunung Leuser Park (a conglomeration of several game reserves and park.), so it’s probably your best chance of seeing a tiger without bars around it.

There are two orang utan reserves within the parks boundaries, one which rehabilitates animals back into the wild and one purely for research, so you may also have a chance of seeing orang utan. Some of the other exotic residents are the Malayan sun bear, red giant flying squirrel, clouded leopard, rhino and the Asian elephant.

As well as animals, Gunung Leuser has a biodiversity of plants that would make a botanists eyes water, including the giant, fleshy Rafflesia, the world's largest flower.

Logging is still a threat to the animals living here, even though it’s a listed National Park.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

Other expert and press reviews

“Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra”

The 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra site comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. The site holds the greatest potential for long-term co… Read more...

Written by press. UNESCO

“Gunung Leuser National Park”

You don’t have to go to the zoo in order to see orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants all living in the same habitat. The tropical rainforests of Sumatra are home to an enormous variety of wildlife, and much of the lands are protected to ensure… Read more...

Written by  Sarah Clise. Gunung Leuser National Park website

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Horrible and stinky

not many monkeys and it was full of creepy chickens

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