8 Mei 2009

Kerinci Seblat National Park

Kerinci Seblat National Park is the largest national park in Sumatra. The park has a total area of 13,750 km², and spans four provinces: West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu and South Sumatra.

The park area includes a large part of the Barisan mountain range, including the highest peak in Sumatra, Mount Kerinci (3,805 m). The park includes hot springs, rivers with rapids, caves, scenic waterfalls and the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia - Mount Tujuh.

The park is home to diversity of flora and fauna. Over 4,000 plant species grow in the park area, including the world's largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldi, and the tallest flower, Titan Arum.

Kerinci Seblat lacks the security to prevent poaching and illegal settlement. Continued settlement may stop the rhinoceroses from moving throughout the area and thus hurt their chances for breeding.

The fauna include Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sumatran elephants, Clouded Leopard, Malayan Tapir, Malay Sun Bear and 370 bird species.

Kerinci Seblat is included in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, an area that was officially declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

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