Herping and nocturnal hikes will be conducted around Bukit Lawang and inside Gunung Leuser National Park. Our herping will not only be focused on searching for reptiles, and amphibians, snakes are amazing but we would love to spot other animals during the trip. We prioritize safety and comfort, but it is also important to those who are already in Bukit Lawang and wanted to do this activity, to follow the rules and preparations that have been set and arranged.
SUMECO (Sumatra Ecoproject) is a wildlife conservation organization which also consists of Snake Rescue based in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, we are committed to conducting responsible tourism activities. to support the preservation of the biodiversity of Gunung Leuser National Park.
Herping is a term used to describe the act of searching for, observing, and studying reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. It is a popular hobby among nature enthusiasts, biologists, and herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians).
Herping typically involves exploring various habitats such as forests, wetlands, grasslands, and deserts, in search of reptiles and amphibians. Participants may search for specific species or simply enjoy the thrill of encountering and observing different reptiles and amphibians in their natural environment.
Herping can be done during the day or night, as many reptiles and amphibians are nocturnal or crepuscular (active during twilight). Some common activities during herping include flipping rocks or logs to find hidden creatures, searching for snakes or lizards in trees or vegetation, and wading through ponds or streams to find amphibians.
It’s important to note that herping should be done responsibly and ethically. Here are a few guidelines to follow when herping:
- Respect wildlife and their habitats: Avoid disturbing or harming the animals or their environments. Handle them with care and release them back to their original location.
- Follow local regulations: Research and abide by any laws or regulations regarding herping in your area. Some species may be protected or require permits for handling or collection.
- Minimize impact: Avoid unnecessary damage to the environment while searching for reptiles and amphibians. Stick to trails or designated areas and avoid trampling vegetation or sensitive habitats.
- Practice safety: Be aware of potential hazards such as venomous snakes, biting insects, or slippery terrain. Use appropriate gear like sturdy boots, gloves, and a flashlight when herping at night.
- Document responsibly: Take photographs or notes to document your findings, but remember not to disturb or stress the animals for the sake of a photo. Keep a respectful distance and use a telephoto lens if needed.
Herping can be a rewarding and educational experience, allowing individuals to learn more about the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians while contributing to conservation efforts through observation and data collection.