ABOUT GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK
Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat National Parks form the tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a rich complex environment with a delicately balanced network of animal and plant life. GLNP is the core of many endangered and critically endangered species remaining habitats, and is the last remaining stronghold for viable populations of the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran orangutan. This area is of huge environmental importance and its unique flora and fauna is in critical need of conservation and protection
The forests of GLNP also provides ;livelihoods and resources for the communities living around it, such as food, fresh water supply. fisheries and ecotourism, allowing the communities around the park to survive. By protecting and conserving this endangered forest ecosystem, we all stand to gain from the invaluable biodiversity of GLNP.
WHERE IS GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL Park
GLNP is located in northern Sumatra and covers approximately 1,095,000 hectares and is named after Mount Leuser which peaks at 3,404m.
GLNP lies within the 2,364,874 ha Leuser Ecosystem (LE) which was legally established in 1995 after it was recognised that the existing national park was insufficient to maintain the biodiversity in Northern Sumatra. The region represents one of the best remaining expanses of lowland diperocarp forest across Indonesia supporting over 4000 plant species, 350 bird species 129 species of reptiles and amphibians and 205 species of mammals occurring here.