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Tangkoko Nature Reserve
Tangkoko Nature Reserve located in North Sulawesi in Bitung Region. It is about 6 km from Manado. It is one of the most impressive reserves in Indonesia. The 8800 hectares are home of black macaques - the endemic Sulawesi monkey with no tail, cuscus and tarsier, maleo birds, and endemic red-knobbed hornbills. Tangkoko Nature Reserve provides one of the last refugesin North Sulawesi for these unique species and is therefore an extremely important conservation region.

The opportunity to observe entertaining groups of crested black macaques (macaca nigra) is the highlight of any visit to Tangkoko Reserve. These monkeys, found in social groups of up to 100 individuals, can be seen grooming, fighting and playing with each other. You may also be rewarded with sights of cuscus, a free-dwelling pouched mammal that moves in slow motion through the canopy.

Another highlight of Tangkoko Nature Reserve is Tarsius Spectrum - the smallest primate in the world. The locals name it Tangkasi. Tangkoko Nature Reserve is the only place in the whole island of Sulawesi where one can have chance to surely see the animal in it's natural habitat.

The reserve is accessible by land tranportation from Manado. It takes about 1 hour driving through the winding road untl reach Batuputih where the guest houses and homestays are. There are several homestays with simple facilities like water tank in the bath room, soft bed with mosquito net.

There is a beach with beautiful pure black volcanic sand located just next to the jungle where one take observation on the above mentioned animals of Tangkoko Nature Reserve.

Here are some recommendations for getting the most out of your your visit to the forest:

Dress appropriately. Wear light, breathable clothing that dries quickly. Drab colours are preferable; avoid whites and reds. Although it is hot, long sleeves and pants prevent scratches and insect bites. Use insect repellent and tuck your pants into your socks to minimize insect, leech and mite bites.

Carry good binoculars; without them even the most spectacular birds will be no more than a shiny dot in the canopy. Carry a waterproof bag big enough for binoculars and cameras in case of a downpour.

Go slowly, quietly and in small groups (no more than 5) so animals will be less likely to be disturbed by your presence.

Seek out fruiting trees, especially figs, or pools and streams. These are profitable places to sit and wait for wildlife, particularly birds.

Sit often and for long periods and search for the things that tend to go unnoticed like glossy beetles, graceful butterflies, velvety ants, and exquisite but minute flowers.

Be aware of sounds - the buzzing of insects, calls of birds, rustling in the underbrush. Quite often these cues are the first indication that something is about to happen.

Go early. Most birds and many mammals are active in the morning with their movements dropping off by midday. The afternoon peak is never as energetic as the morning but these are good times to visit streams and water sources.

When viewing monkeys, let them approach you on their own terms. If you stoop down and avoid looking directly in their eyes they will be less inhibited. Do not chase or pursue monkeys and never feed them. No matter how innocent they may look, wild monkeys bite and carry dangerous diseases.

When viewing tarsiers at night don't forget your flashlight. However be considerate of their extremely senstitive eyes.

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