Rainforest and Animals

Tangkoko-Dua Sudara National Park/Nature Reserve

Another reason to visit north Sulawesi, apart from its marine park, is to see the Tarsius ( /târ-see oos/ ), the smallest monkey in the world. Tarsius can turn its face almost 180 degrees. They are about 10 cm in length and weigh only about 100 grams (further details on Tarsius can be read here). Tarsius can be found in Tangkoko-Dua Sudara nature reserve, which covers an area of 8,890 hectares (21,990 acres), of which 3,196 hectares belong to Tangkoko itself.

To meet the "Tarsius family" is usually one of the main reasons visitors come all the way to this national park located in Bitung, although Tarsius themselves have a lot of neighbours, such as Sulawesi bats, the Sulawesi Rousette (Rousettus celebensis), and Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis), the Sulawesi bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), as well as a myriad of birds in their natural habitat.

When visiting Tarsius, it is recommended to be quiet because this primate has sensitive hearing, so you will increase your chances of seeing them coming out of their hiding place in big trees.


Location:Batu Putih 1 Village - about 22 kilometers (13 miles) from Bitung town
Telephone:+62 821 89238365 (Mr. Jun)
Admission charges:entrance+guide fees start from Rp. 85,000 for foreign visitors, Rp. 75,000 for domestic visitors(for a 2-hour walk through the jungle) to Rp. 400,000/ person for an overnight mountain tracking (starting at 10pm and many items are inclusive in the fee)
Operating hours:daily, from 4:30am
Facilities:toilets at Post 1, English speaking guides
How to get there: Click here for information on public transportation from Paal 2 Terminal Manado to Bitung. From Bitung to Batu Putih Village: take mikrolet bounding to "Girian Terminal" (fare: Rp. 2,500 for a ten-minute trip), by ojek (fare Rp. 4,000 for a five minute trip)
Remarks:insect repellent needs to be applied before you start your journey to keep you from the tiny mites (locals call these mites Gonon - /go-non/ ) that attack genital and armpit areas and cause extraordinary itching. Mid year is usually the busiest months of the year, though this place is never overcrowded. If you are interested in seeing Tarsius, it is recommended to enter the forest at about 3pm or 4pm. This is the time when Tarsius often goes out from their hiding place deep in the jungle.

Tandurusa

If your time is limited but you would really like to see Tarsius, then this "mini zoo" of Tandurusa ( /tân-dhoo roo-shâ/ ), which is located in Aertembaga Village Bitung (near Lembeh Strait), can be an option.

Tandurusa "mini zoo" is privately run by Mr. Imam Sulisma, who has permission from the government to keep a few Tarsius and a few other animals, such as local monkeys, Javanese eagles and other birds, 3 cobra snakes, wild pigs, crocodiles, and so on.

Once you arrive, the "zoo guides" who also look after the small warung will welcome you and ask for entrance admission. Their small warung provides fresh coconuts (Rp. 12,000 per coconut) and other drinks.


Location:Aertembaga Village, Bitung
Telephone:+62 438 30213
Operating hours:daily, 8am-6pm
Admission charges: domestic tourists: Rp. 30,000 per car, Rp. 100,000 per small bus, Rp. 3,500 per person (on motorbike); foreigners: Rp. 60,000. Guide fee: voluntary donation
Facilities:warung, toilets, English speaking guides (limited English)
How to get there: Click here for information on public transportation from Paal 2 Terminal Manado to Bitung , and currently there is no public transports from Bitung town to Tandurusa. You have to take ojek (fare: around Rp. 10,000 one way)
By your own transportation (car rental)
Remarks:local food for lunch can be ordered in advance. Cash payment only.

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