NORTHSULAWESI, JALANJALANAJA- Tangkoko National Park is a nature reserve in North Bitung District, Bitung City, North Sulawesi. This 3,196-hectare nature reserve is a sanctuary for the Sulawesi black monkey, tarsiers, cuscus, maleo, and hornbill.
In this area there are two types of ecosystems, namely rainforest and moss forest. In the rainforest ecosystem grows banyan, cedar and nantu. Meanwhile, in the moss forest ecosystem, edelweiss flowers and semar bags grow.
Tangkoko National Park is one of the mainstay natural attractions in North Sulawesi, these two rare animals can only be found in Indonesia (North Sulawesi) and the Philippines only.
Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world. It is about 10 to 15 cm long. The uniqueness of this tiny animal lies not only in its size, but also in the activity of its head which can be rotated up to 180°.
While Yaki he is usually called the yellow-crested monkey. The fur is black, and the whole body is covered with hair except for the black face and the cute pink butt.
Internationally, tarsiers are known by the Latin name Tarsius spectrum, while yaki or yellow-crested monkeys are known as Macaca nigra.
There is also the yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and the Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus). Not only that, there are also hundreds of bird species also found in this national park, the pride of the citizens of North Sulawesi. In total, there are 26 species of mammals, 180 species of birds and 15 species of reptiles and amphibians. Of all these endangered species, 10 species of mammals and 59 species of birds are endemic to Sulawesi.
Besides being able to see various animals, you can also enjoy trekking to explore the wilderness around Tangkoko National Park.
Wildlife life in the Tangkoko area was well known when Alfred Russel Wallace visited in 1861. In Tangkoko, Wallace collected specimens of the babirusa and maleo, which at that time were very easy to find. At that time, the black sand on Tangkoko beach was a nesting and hatching place for maleo eggs. As a result of exploitation by the local population, the maleo colony on the Tangkoko coast was no longer found in 1915, and only a small number of colonies remained in the interior.
This area has a sloping to hilly topography consisting of coastal forest, lowland forest, mountain forest, and moss forest. In this area there are two mountain peaks: Mount Tangkoko (1,109 m) and Mount Dua Saudara (1,109 m), and Mount Batuangus (450 m) in the southeast. To the northeast is the Pata Plateau.
Location of Tangkoko National Park
This nature reserve is about 60 km from Manado or 20 km from Bitung City. In Bitung there are hotels and inns for tourists. In Batuputih Bawah Village, which is close to the location of the nature reserve, there is also an inn.
Tangkoko National Park Ticket Prices
Meanwhile, the price of admission to this area is around Rp. 150 thousand.
With this price, visitors have at the same time received assistance from a local guide. -23