A glimpse of Way Kambas National Park

Way Kambas National Park is one of many national parks in Indonesia. It covers around 1,300 square kilometers, which located in Lampung Province of Indonesia’s Sumatra southern part.  The park is a home to several critically endangered animals such as Sumatran tigers, Sumatran, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and Sumatran elephants. Some of conservationist efforts have been taken to protect the animals e.g. establishing the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and the Elephant Conservation Center. The latter conserves and trains an estimated amount of 200 elephants for protection measure as well as for tourist attraction.

As one of the oldest conservation area in Indonesia, Way Kambas National Park has faced many threats from animal poaching, habitat loss due to illegal logging and others. In the latest years, forest fires has been another annual threat to the sustainability of biodiversity within the forest. In 2015, the park official claimed that the total of burned area in the park covered more than 5,000 hectares within period of May 2010-October 2015.

Way Kawas National Park is divided into three sections based on its functions: I Way Kanan, Seksi Way Penet, and Way Bungur. The latter is an area of which Auriga Nusantara develops its reforestation program.