Nantu Forest & Panua Nature Reserve Discovery

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Nantu Forest & Panua Nature Reserve Discovery

Bird Watching & Bird Photography & Wildlife tours in Nantu Forest & Panua Nature Reserve,sulawesi Tropical Rainforest Discovery

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Birds and Wildlife in Gorontalo.

BirdLife Partners in Germany (NABU) and Indonesia (Burung Indonesia), have initiated a new project to protect tropical forests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The project will take place in Gorontalo where 68.5% of the province is still covered with forests characterised by a very high and unique biodiversity. For this reason, Gorontalo is listed among the world’s 34 ‘biodiversity hotspots.’

“The project area alone is inhabited by 36 endemic species of birds and numerous other animal species found only in this province, including the Gorontalo Macaque and the Sulawesi Babirusa” NABU vice-president Thomas Tennhardt said.

The project area connects two conservation areas (Panua Nature Reserve and Nantu Wildlife Reserve) and six protected forests. Due to its hilly topography and difficult accessibility, a large part of the forest has survived the destruction caused by palm oil plantations. Unfortunately, in the western area of the forest land allocated for plantations is rising. In order to stop further expansion, NABU and Burung Indonesia have planned to establish an 84,798 hectares large area as an area for ecosystem restoration.

The new project of NABU and Burung Indonesia aims to promote sustainable management of natural resources as well as preserve the endangered tropical forest areas as carbon sinks in order to conserve their unique biodiversity and benefit the livelihood of local communities. It builds on the foundations that began when the Harapan Rainforest was named the first Ecosystem Restoration Concession (ERC) in Indonesia. The ERCs were introduced in Indonesia by law in 2004 and forbid all clearing and conversion of forest area to agriculturally used land. At the same time, they require the holder to protect and restore the forest ecosystem. Prior to their introduction, forest licenses in Indonesia had been granted only for timber extraction.

Now, Gorontalo provides a further chance to protect one of earth’s most species-rich forests and its rare inhabitants, and at the same time make an important contribution to climate protection.

Nantu Forest & Panua Nature Reserve located In Gorontalo Province, in the North side of Sulawesi islands.

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Nantu Forest is one of the last strongholds for Sulawesi’s richness. Healthy air and healthy water for the people around Nantu Forest, unequalled wealth in wildlife. Home to hundreds of species that are only found on Sulawesi, nowhere else on earth.

Nantu Forest is the Protected Rainforest in indonesia,House of the Bio diversity and Endemic sulawesi Animal, Nantu forest or paguyaman forest is nature reserve in Gorontalo province,total board protection 51.000 hectare is the best and amazing rainforest in Indonesia, many process permits letter from goverment and police to entrance this area. Nantu Forest is the Best Place for Wildlife Discovery,Photography and Birding.Nantu forest is the wild Real jungle in Indonesia.

Nantu Forest Collect the Babirusa /Pigdeer,Anoa,Macaca hecki,macaca niegresens,Tarsier spectrum,cus cus,Varioust Endemic sulawesi Bird,frog,buterfly and giant trees.

before Nantu Forest just for Research area,Now Indonesia Goverment open for Limited Eco Tourism, no have good Facility for tourist on this area, some time just use tent on the border of Nantu forest or stay in some local homestay in the Village.Nantu forest is the beautifull wildlife Nature.


Panua Nature Reserve is the second largest terrestrial conservation area in Gorontalo,primarily in the dominant lowland evergreen rainforest. A total of 124 bird species were recorded, including 48 Sulawesi endemics, and l3 species (all but two endemic) that are considered by most authorities as Threatened or Near Threatened. In this paper we describe the habitats of the reserve and summarize observations of all l3 threatened species, as well as six other species for which our surveys clarify distribution or status within Sulawesi. Panua Nature Reserve is the eazy place for watching Maleo Bird, inside have the Nesting of Maleo Bird egg.

Birds in Panua Nature Reserve.

Maleo bird, Spot-tailed Goshawk; Metallic Pigeon; Yellowish-breasted Racquet-tail; Golden-mantled Racquet-tail; Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot; Pygmy Hanging-Parrot; Bay Coucal; Ochre-bellied Hawk-Owl; Speckled Hawk-Owl; Purple-winged Roller; Sulawesi Hornbill; Knobbed Hornbill; Pale-blue Monarch; Rusty-backed Thrush; White-necked Myna; Finch-billed Myna



Pick up from Gorontalo airport to Nantu Forest,lunch, check in Homestay, 15:00 birding tours untill nights. dinner, rest…


breakfast,06:00 birding tours in Nantu Rainforest, 10:00 Babirusa watching on the salty lake spring in the jungle, 12:00 lunch, continue Birding activity.

16:00 back to Homestay, 18:00 check out homestay,dinner, after that pick up to Gorontalo town, 3 hours driving from Nantu forest to Panua Nature Reserve area, check in Hotel,dinner,rest…


Breakfast,07:00 Birding activity in Panua Nature Reserve, Discover Maleo bird and the other birds.

12:00 lunch on jungle, continue Birding activity untill nights, back to hotel,dinner rest..


breakfast,07:00 Bird activity…

12:00 back to hotel,lunch, after that check out hotel,pick up to Gorontalo town,3 hours driving, check in hotel,rest..,dinner..


05:30 Breakfast,check out hotel, 06:30 go Birding activity in Limboto lake, Discover the Migration Birds.

Despite alarming ecological concerns, Limboto Lake in Gorontalo remains either a stopover point or a permanent home for at least 85 bird species. Some of the birds are endemic to the region and many pass through Gorontalo when migrating.

The migratory birds, which rest at Limboto Lake, are water birds from Alaska, Siberia, Russia and Europe. Forty nine of the 85 species recorded at the lake are migratory birds.

They include the oriental pratincole, the whimbrel, the glossy ibis, the greater painted-snipe, the sharp-tailed sandpiper, the common sandpiper, the greater sand plover, the wood sandpiper, the oriental plover, the whiskered tern and the common sandpiper. Most of the birds rest at Limboto Lake before continuing their migration to various destinations.

09:00 Continue to airport, half our driving from Limboto lake to Goorontalo Airport. the end of Birding Tours…

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