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sembilang national park

Updated on January 24, 2011

Eco tourism destination: sembilang national park

Sembilang national park is a 2,051 km² national park in east sumatra, Indonesia. Located in 104 ° 12 '- 104 ° 55' E; 1 ° 38 '- 2 ° 25' S, about 2 hours by chartered motor boat, plus another 2 hours to the location from Palembang-Sungsang, it consist of turf or peat swamp forest, freshwater swamp forest and a riparian forest. The national park provides habitat for Sumatran tiger, Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, Siamang, Golden cat, Sambar deer, Saltwater crocodile, Sembilang fish, Giant freshwater turtle, Freshwater dolphin and many species of bird.

A wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic plants grow in this Park, including gelam tikus (Syzygium inophylla), pandan (Pandanus tectorius), paku gajah (Acrostichum aureum), waru laut (Hibiscus tiliaceus), Sonneratia alba, nibung (Oncosperma tigillaria), nipah (Nypa fruticans), jelutung (Dyera costulata), cemara laut (Casuarina equisetifolia), menggeris (Koompassia excelsa), Bruguiera gimnorrhiza, and Rhizophora sp.

map of sembilang national park
map of sembilang national park

The coastal and forest areas, in Sembilang and Semenanjung Banyuasin, are a habitat for sambar deer (Cervus unicolor equinus), golden cat (Catopuma temminckii temminckii), saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), siamang (Hylobates syndactylus syndactylus), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus), Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), giant freshwater turtle (Chitra indica), Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), freshwater dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris), Sembilang fish (Plotusus canius), and various species of bird.

Huge numbers of Siberian migrant birds can be seen in Sembilang, reaching a climax in October. The calling of thousands of birds flying in formation can even be heard over the thundering waves of the Bangka Strait.

Other bird species inhabiting this Park include spotted greenshank (Pseudototanus guttifer), the Asian dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus), white-winged black tern (Chlidonias leucoptera), eastern white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), lesser adjutant stork (Leptoptilos javanicus), and milky stork (Mycteria cinerea).


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      firman afandi 7 years ago

      thanks coach, glad that you like it

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      An absolutely awesome hub! I adore birds and various regions to visit. I would love to go here. Thank you for taking me on this beautiful journey! Voted up and awesome!