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SOS and OIC have produced a detailed guidebook to the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Guidebook-to-The-Gunung-Leuser-National-ParkThis guidebook is intended to be used by anyone entering the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP). Whether a licensed guide or a first-time visitor, you will find a wealth of useful information to enhance your experience in the park, making it more informative, safe and rewarding. If you are a licensed guide, this book will provide you with further information on GLNP conservation issues, the fauna and flora you show and explain to visitors, and the guidelines you and your guests need to adhere to when in the park and viewing orangutans. If you are a visitor, by reading this guidebook you will get the most out of visiting this amazing rainforest ecosystem.

This publication begins with a broad introduction to the Gunung Leuser National Park, the fauna and flora, and the current threats to this fragile ecosystem (Chapter 1). Chapter 2 takes a look at the ecology and conservation status of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii), and discusses the important ecological role this species plays. The concept of ecotourism is examined in Chapter 3: its potential benefits for the environment and local peoples, and the problems that can arise from its mismanagement. One of the most prominent risks of humans in close proximity to endangered primates in the GLNP is disease transmission and in Chapter 4 these issues are described in detail.

The park’s fauna and flora can be very sensitive to human presence and disturbance. It is therefore essential to know how best to reduce your impact on the ecosystem around you, so it can be enjoyed by future generations of not just people, but also wildlife. Visitors to the GLNP have the opportunity to observe not only the orangutan in its natural habitat, but a myriad of other wonderful biodiversity. The species guide in Chapter 5 will help you to identify and know more about some of the flora and fauna you will have the chance to see. Finally, by following the simple set of guidelines laid out in Chapter 6 you can have a more natural, enjoyable and safer visit, without detracting from the wildlife viewing experience. A glossary of conservation relevant terms is included thereafter, with defined words throughout the text marked in green.

Overall, this guidebook will act as a valuable tool and souvenir, either if you are working in or visiting the GLNP, or if you are simply interested in finding out more information about conservation issues and the Gunung Leuser National Park.

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