Sulawesi  (Indonesia)

If you think Sulawesi looks crazy on the map, just wait until you see it for real...

The sandy shores are caressed by calm turquoise waters filled with life and color. Meanwhile, the interior is shaded by impenetrable mountains and thick jungles with a rare and unique wildlife.
 

 

- The Green Pit Viper -
 
Are 6:30 pm during a trek in the deep jungle of the Tangkoko national park in northern Sulawesi ..... looking "UP" for nocturnal animals and insects on tree branches I almost stepped on this Tropidolaemus subannulatus, a dangerous snake that inhabits                 the jungles of Borneo and Sulawesi.

 

 

Tangkoko National Park  - North Sulawesi

Indonesia

                        January  2015

- Look Up -
 
The Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra), also known as the crested black macaque or Sulawesi crested macaque, that lives in the deep jungle of the Tangkoko reserve, northeast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (Celebes), as well as on smaller neighboring islands.
 

 

Tangkoko National Park - North Sulawesi

Indonesia

                        January  2015

- The Black Monkey -
 
SULAWESI CRESTED BLACK MACAQUE are Critically Endangered and face high risk of extinction; populations have declined by over 80% in under 40 years due to ubiquitous threats of habitat loss and fragmentation, but also from the bushmeat trade. Monkey is considered a delicacy with the majority of hunting for ceremonial food rather than subsistence. These monkeys are an important flagship species.

 

 

Tangkoko National Park  -  North Sulawesi  -  Indonesia                                                             January 2015

 

- The Boss -
 
These pink-bottomed, punk-haired monkeys are the most endangered of the seven macaque species that live on the island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) in Indonesia. The main threat to their survival is over-hunting for food – they are served up as a delicacy on special occasions such as weddings. The all too common problem of habitat loss to humans for farming and housing puts additional pressure on the macaque population.
 
Tangkoko National Park - North Sulawesi  -  Indonesia

                                          January  2015

- Tarsiers Family -
 
 Tarsiers are primates found only in the islands of Southeast Asia. They are arboreal and jump through the trees to catch their food, which is mainly insect based. The majority of Tarsier species are now endangered or threatened, and some are designated critically endangered. Threats include habitat destruction and fragmentation, hunting and agricultural pollutants.
 
 
Tangkoko National Park - North Sulawesi  -  Indonesia

                                          January  2015

- The Flying Flower -
 

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” 

                       R.A.H.                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Sulawesi - Indonesia

                          January  2015

- The tiny tiny Village -
 
I know I know, it might require a little imagination, and I also know that its 6 am and I'm still sleepy, and is 1 hour that I'm walking in the jungle ... but, as soon as I saw this trunk covered with small mushrooms, I immediately thought of fairy tails and legends of leprechauns or elves who live in nature in small villages hidden in the forest ... I should drink more coffee before starting the trek.
 

Tangkoko National Park  - North Sulawesi

Indonesia

                        January  2015