Author: Bobi Handoko

Aceh is undeniably to be the region with the largest numbers of Sumatran elephant population on Sumatra Island. Deforestation in some areas bordering Gunung Leuser National Park that have become home to Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) is also seriously impacted. Until today, since December 2022, what we have learned from massive hidden deforestation in [...]

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The second "Wildlife Conservation Camp" in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, operated by SUMECO in partnership with Singapore's The Untamed Paths, was conducted while SUMECO demanded to be more focused on rescuing animals nearby Bukit Lawang and Medan city. This second "Wildlife Conservation Camp" has given me a new perspective on where this camp will go. [...]

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Before human settlement in Bukit Lawang began in the 1960s, animals that already lived there and in Gunung Leuser National became native inhabitants. Animals have been present in the core area and the buffer zones that are now human settlements since the beginning, and those who came here transformed the area into houses, hotels, inns, [...]

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In the midst of the unfinished COVID-19 pandemic, people are now haunted by monkeypox; it's something those who understand are seriously aware of. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. COVID-19 and monkeypox are two of hundreds of examples of zoonotic diseases. Then, what are zoonoses? What [...]

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I once conducted a study on the Trabala caterpillar's non-mutual symbiotic relationship or parasitism, which is located and found in Bukit Lawang Hill Resort, North Sumatra, Indonesia, at an altitude of 312 meters above sea level. Because plants have mobility limitations, they must devise a defense strategy to protect themselves when attacked by herbivorous insects. [...]

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My first visit to Bukit Lawang was prompted by a quick plan to follow two American biologists who were intrigued by the orange-furred great apes' inability to jump and instead swinging from one tree to another by holding all the strong, flexible branches. It was my birthday trip on November 29, 2010, 12 years ago, [...]

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Mina has contributed a long story to Bukit Lawang, during her lifetime. Most guides and foreign or domestic tourists had their own stories to tell when Mina comes to their minds. I got my own stories too to tell, she destroyed a Canon and my Samsung S6 Edge. Mina was considered to be a successful [...]

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Among herpetologists, the king cobra has been recognized to be the most intelligent snake species, no doubt about it. Building the nest, and guarding it, awareness, and amazing eyes sights have become a few reasons to give value to this species being remarkable. "King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) has become the most wanted species of snake [...]

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The things that will come up, after hearing anything about monkeys or apes, will lead us to imagine for a moment that these are living creatures that run, jump, and rule the rainforest canopy referring to their agility. The conclusion that will be made, for those who prioritize effectiveness and efficiency, will say it is [...]

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Why Gunung Leuser National Park Matters? Gunung Leuser National Park is the source of life for both, humans and animals so far, no one could deny it. While Bukit Lawang is one of the villages where most of its people generate tourism incomes using Gunung Leuser National Park as its host. Based on an economical [...]

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