Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park is full of life and has a dynamic biodiversity. When the monitoring team, who observes the released orangutans, encounter other rare species in the protected rainforest areas, they are quick to find their cameras.
Each morning, the monitoring team of Save the Orangutan’s partner BOS travels from their camp into the rainforest to observe and collect data on the released orangutans. Naturally though, there are several other species living in the area – and the biodiversity of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park is rich. The park is quite literally teeming with numerous species from the smallest of insects to secretive, shy, and often rare mammals.
Recently, the team observed a Malayan sun-bear, a Sunda flying lemur, and a slow loris. The Malayan sun-bear is the smallest member of the bear-species and an able climber, preferring to be left to its own company. The flying lemur is one of the closest living relatives to primates, and the slow loris is one of the most peculiar yet wonderful primates only found in Central, West, and South Kalimantan.
To observe and experience these amazing animals in full vigour in their natural habitat is one of the great perks of being part of the monitoring team. Whenever possible, the team photographs the animals to document their encounters with them.
Documenting the diverse wildlife living side by side with the orangutans contributes to a broader understanding of the ecology of the rainforest and current and future conservation strategies in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park.