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Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station
Field Study in Asia
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Location of Site: INDONESIA, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo

Director: Ashley Leiman
Phone: 0044 020 77242912   Fax: 0044 020 77062613   E-Mail:
7 Kent Terrace, London NW1 4RP UNITED KINGDOM
Institution: Orangutan Foundation

Sponsoring Institution(s): Orangutan Foundation

Research Objectives: The research station is specifically designed to meet the needs of visiting scientists and researchers. The camp was completely refurbished and reopened by the Orangutan Foundation, a UK registered Charity, in 2005.

Pondok Ambung is situated inside Tanjung Puting National Park in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Tanjung Puting lies three degrees below the equator and covers an area of 4,016 km2. The park is reached from the towns of Pangkalan Bun, the district capital, or the port of Kumai.
Pondok Ambung itself is built in a beautiful location on the Sekonyer Kanan River. The Sekonyer Kanan is a “black water river”, the water being dyed by nutrients leached from the surrounding peaty soils. Access is only by river – there are no roads in the park.

Tanjung Puting is one of the largest protected areas of tropical peat swamp and heath forest in Southeast Asia. The Park contains at least nine different habitat types, including dry ground forests, swamps, lakes and mangrove/nipah palm (Nypa fruticans) associations along the coast. Dipterocarps, particularly Shorea sp., are common on the edges of swamps and along rivers. All swamps in Tanjung Puting are peat-based and acidic. There are also patches of secondary forest, growing on land historically cleared for farming. Throughout the park, over 800 plant species have been recorded, including 600 tree species and 200 orchids.

In total, Tanjung Puting is home to over 28 species of large mammal, 220 bird species, reptiles and amphibians.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Pondok Ambung is ideally suited for use by under-graduate or short MSc. thesis projects, universities for summer schools, or field courses in tropical forest ecology. However, longer term research, including PhD studies, are also welcome.

Facilities include; sleeping accommodation for 14 researchers/students; dining hall; kitchen; work room; outside relaxation area; washrooms and toilets; fully equipped with solar electricity that can charge laptops and batteries as well as providing lighting; generator; VHF radio link to Pangkalan Bun; field assistants; cook; motorised long-boat; an established trail network covering approximately two kilometres of mixed riverine, peat swamp and dry-land habitat; first aid and basic medical supplies.

Species Studied: Hylobates agilis (agile gibbon), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), Nasalis larvatus (proboscis monkey), Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), Pongo pygmaeus (Bornean orangutan), Presbytis rubicunda (maroon langur), Tarsius bancanus bancanus (western tarsier), Trachypithecus cristatus (silvery lutung)

Publications: Tanjung Puting National Park: Orangutans and their Habitat - Written by Stephen Brend. Published by Orangutan Foundation and Yayorin

Last Updated: 2010-03-10

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