Clyde Region Queens Scouts Project, Sumatra 2018
The Indo Trek team, in association with:-
- Clyde Regional Scout Council,
- Indonesian Scouting Association,
- Indonesia National Park Service
are jointly planning a return to Indonesia for another conservation and community expedition in the Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra in July 2018.
The Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the richest tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Covering up to 7927 km2 and straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces it is one of the last places on earth, where you can see the critically endangered orangutans in the wild.
This region is also a host of other wildlife. Elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopard cats, siamangs, Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques, gibbons are just a handful of the thousands of species found in this unique eco-system.
The park area reaches up to 3,404m to the peak of Gunung Leuser which gave the area its name and protects a wide range of eco-systems. There are river systems, volcanoes and lakes. This rainforest is immensely biodiverse, hosting approximately 700 different species of animals – more than 175 mammals, 320 birds, 190 reptiles and amphibians. Because of the great differences in altitude and the diversity in soil, the Gunung Leuser National Park has also an enormous wealth of plant species. So 45% of all recorded plant species in the West Indo-Malayan region are found in this area. The flora contains approximately 10.000 plant species, including the spectacular Rafflesia Arnoldi and Amorphophallus titanum, the biggest and the highest flower in the world.
The Clyde Scouts will be base in the stunning conservation eco-village of Tangkahan and will working closely with the local community and elephant Conservation Response Unit based in the village. Alongside heading out with these magnificent beasts on their daily patrol, the Scout will be involved and contributing to the conservation of the wild elephants by participating in several projects protecting and enhancing local habitat.
In addition to the conservation work the Scouts will be carrying out, the teams will also be involved in a community project at community English school which also double up as the local nursery and primary school. . The school is very underfunded and in need of some upgrading, some of which will be provided by the Scouts. Projects may include installing new storage space, desk and chairs. A fresh lick of paint throughout the classrooms and construction of a ‘pioneer’ type playground to be built in the school grounds. The Scouts will also have ample opportunity to show off their teaching skills during the English classes.
Further updates are being posted on these pages so please keep checking in.
For further information on this exciting project, or if you would wish to contribute in some way, then please contact the Indo Trek team.
National park information Gunung Leuser National Park
More about Tangkahan Eco-village
and the Conservation Response Unit