GUNUNG LEUSER NP
What national park hosts both Sumatran tigers and flying frogs? Gunung Leuser National Park in the Aceh and Langkat regions of Indonesia. This diverse preserve protects beaches, swamps, lowland rain forests and alpine and montane forests and provides habitat for over 300 species of birds and almost 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Over 176 species of mammals reside here, including the Malayan sunbear, Sumatran rhinocerous, Sumatran elephant, clouded leopard, flying lemur and lesser mousedeer. Included within park boundaries is a rehabilitation station for endangered Sumatran orangutans.
But this preserve faces challenges from illegal logging and the slashing and burning of forests for conversion to palm oil plantations. The easiest entry point to the park is through Medan. Buses travel from there to Kutacane. At Kutacane, travelers can take smaller buses to the Lawe Gurah Tourist Park and enter Gunung Leuser from there.
Free Guidebook to Gunung Leuser
Above image of baby orangutan credit Michael Catanzariti. CCL 3.0.