Camp Leakey

Camp Leakey

Camp Leakey is one of the 3 zonation system in Tanjung Puting National Park. Those are namely Nucleus Zone, Buffer or Supporting zone and the last one, is the Utilization zone.

Nucleus Zone
The most inner part of the park, where the most animals are (usually) or the very unique and rare plants are available, never allowed to be entered by the visitors, unless they gain special permit for research or alike. This zone also called as nucleus zone. The only people who allowed to enter the site will be the researchers, national park authorities, or alike. No other common peoples allowed to enter the site. The nucleus zone usually covered the most inner part of the reserve.

Secondly is the BUFFER ZONE.
It is separating the nucleus zone from the other utilization zone. This place also called as the “shock” absorber between the utilization zone and the nucleus zone. Here we can make some visit through the available path only, with an obligation to be accompanied by the national park ranger. Certain and strict regulation for visitors to walk or trekking is applied. The buffer zone usually encircle the nucleus zone.

The last one is the Utilization zone.
This zone is the site for the visitors, here the accommodation, the park office, the ranger house, visitors Centre and other related infrastructures are available. This can be the site for the park Warf, or boat park for the park ranger and else. This utilization zone usually covers a tiny part of a national park, and usually lies on the edge of a park, or just on the road side, or else. Here, we can make a visit with some permit regulation. This utilization zone is the main base camp for the visitors to enter and to stay on. As per above fact, we will only make the trip to see the park faunas around the buffer zone of the park.


The camp was set up in 1971 by Louis Leakey to support research activities in Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve Louis Leakey was both teacher and mentor for three young primatologists who would go on to become well known in their field and beyond. Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey were two, who went on to become known worldwide for their work with chimpanzees and gorillas respectively.

The third, Birute Galdikas went on to become the leading Authority on orangutans and remains so to this day as president of the Orangutan Foundation International. Camp Leakey also functions as orangutans rehabilitation center. The Camp and surrounding area is designated as a special utility zone. Over the years, the camp has served the research efforts of several scientist and students. Tourist will be able to walk on certain trails of the trail system without disturbing the research activities.
On the way to Camp Leakey (on Sekonyer Simpang Kanan river), you may occasionally see crocodiles and the false gavials.

The first guard post in the park that was constructed in the late of 1970′s. Tanjung Harapan was the original site of the Sekonyer Village, which was moved across the Sekonyer river. The area surrounding is designated as utilization zone. Tanjung Harapan is also an alternate orangutan rehabilitation center to visit, several exceptive ( sometime wild ) are could be found specially during feeding time.

Established rehabilitation center for orangutans, Used to be supported area for releasing orphaned orangutan which is have training at Tanjung harapan. Today this area just for rehabilitation area only where you can see orangutan at feeding station or around the ranger camp.

Pesalat was an area of traditional slash and burn farming. At the beginning, the area was severely degraded – completely cleared of trees and overrun by imperata grass. Despite being surrounded by secondary forest, natural forest regeneration was unable to occur because of the imperata grass, an aggressive weed that overpowers any tree seedlings and prevents them form growing. The area is mostly flat and includes both peat swamp and dry land.
Since 2000, FNPF ( Friend of National Park Foundation ) has focusing has on reforestation in the dry areas, which were once dominated by Iron Wood trees. They have planted on over 50 hectares, initially planting 400 saplings per HA, and then planting additional saplings almost every day in order to increase the density and diversity of the trees, and to replace any dead saplings with new ones.
In addition to the reforestation work, our team also maintains the park infrastructure on behalf of the park management. The site includes a conservation education center and the camping ground in Tanjung Putting National Park for visitors.

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