Tangkoko Nature Reserve, a hidden gem

 Tangkoko Nature Reserve, a hidden gem

Crested Monkey


The Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a foliage and fauna conservation area on Mount Tangkoko in the quarter of Bitung in the fiefdom of North Sulawesi, about one hour’s drive from Manado. The reserve is particularly seductive for its unique wildlife that can be observed roving free in the timber. 

 

 The tarsiers, the black macaque monkeys, maleo catcalls, cuscus and the hornbills make this their niche. 

Tarsiers are the lowest primates in the world – only about a fist size – who make Tangkoko their last retreat and are plant only in Sulawesi. Tarsiers (tarsius diapason) look particularly cute because of their big goblet eyes. Locals know them as tangkasi. Since these are nightly creatures they can be observed only at night. 

 

 The crested black macaques (Macaca nigra), aboriginal to Sulawesi, generally come in large social groups, and can be seen playing, fighting or fixing themselves. While the cuscus, a swelled beast can be seen among the trees when one is particularly lucky. 

Located about an hour’s drive from Manado, you'll first pass the Batuputih Nature Park that lies between Batuputih Bawah sub quarter and the Tangkoko Nature Reserve at Batuangus. 


 Tangkoko Nature Reserve, a hidden gem

 Covering an area of 615 hectares, the Batuputih Nature Park is a champaign suitable for camping, outbound conditioning and relaxing by the sand. Since Batuputih is substantially visited by excursionists, it's thus also the most well- known, although it's only one of four conservation areas at Tangkoko. 

In addition to the Batuputih Park, theTangkoko Reserve covers a total area of hectares, where the Batuangus Nature Reserve has 635 hectares (located between the Tangkoko Nature Reserve and Pinangunian vill), while the Duasaudara Nature Reserve covers hectares (which includes Mount Duasaudara and its girding areas). 

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, a hidden gem

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