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Kaget Island Nature Reserve, Barito Kuala - South Kalimantan
Kaget Island including administrative region Tabunganen District, Barito Kuala, South Kalimantan. Struck Island is one of the attractions that are in the forest area in the district of Barito Kuala. This is a delta island near the mouth of the Barito river. The island is a habitat for the Big-nosed Monkey length or by the locals called the Apes Dutch / Proboscis (Nasalis larvatus) because the long nose, his face red and bloated stomach.
In this place also the lives of several species of birds. Since 1976, covering an area of ??85 ha island was designated a nature reserve by decree. Minister of Agriculture. 788/Kptsum11/1976. In 1990, the South Kalimantan provincial government set the proboscis monkey as a mascot or animal species identity based on the Decree of Governor of the province Provinces of South Kalimantan No. 29, dated January 16, 1990 and approved by the regional House of South Kalimantan, as outlined in the approval of Parliament No. 162/112/DPRD, dated March 28, 1990.
With maketh Proboscis as the mascot of South Kalimantan region, then the island as a habitat of Proboscis Kaget has strategic value as both a symbol of the region as well as tourist attractions. Because the habitat of protected animals and became a symbol of the region, the Island Nature Reserve Surprised to be one of nature tourism destination not only from South Kalimantan and other areas in Indonesia but also foreign countries.
Unfortunately, illegal logging and environmental pollution cause the natural condition of the island is quite critical. One type of tree whose condition is more critical is the tree Rambai Rice (Sonneratia caseolaris) which is a source of food for the proboscis monkey, causing the number of animals is increasingly less.
Been to this place, visitors will find protected animals, Proboscis. Protection of wildlife can be seen on the legislation, namely: the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance No. 266 In 1931, Law no. 5 of 1990, Minister of Forestry Decree No. 301/Kpts-II/1991, Minister of Forestry Decree No. 882/Kpts-II/1992, and PP. 7 of 1999. Internationally, these animals are categorized vulnerable in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red Data Book and included in Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna).
Visitors who enter the area of ??this island, especially the first visit, be surprised or would embrace her friend when suddenly a voice from the grove of trees únguuuk‚ of monkeys by the hundreds. This shock will menyebababkan the visitors will always be remembered in the island of Proboscis Kaget . In addition, visitors will also be more fascinated watching agility famous animals are shy and only on the island of Borneo is jumping for joy from one tree to another.
From the city of Banjarmasin, visitors can use the speed boat takes about 15 minutes or about 1.5 hours using kelotok.
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