Meru Betiri National Park, the last home of the Javan Tiger

Bande Alit at Meru Betiri National Park © Trie Wien's

Meru Betiri National Park is located at Jember District, East Java, about 4 hours drive to the east from Surabaya, the capital city of East Java Province. The park consists of mangrove forest, swamp forest and lowland rain forest ecosystems. The park is known to be the last home of the endangered animal, the Javan tiger (Panthera trigis sondaica). It is a habitat of the rafflesia flower (Rafflesia zollingeriana), bungur (Lagerstroemia speciosa), api-api (Avicennia sp) and many others including medicinal plants. A quite large protected mammals and birds live in this park including banteng (Bos javanicus javanicus), panther (Panthera pardus), long-tailed macaca (Macaca fascicularis), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis javanensis). The beach which is bordered the park with the Indian Ocean on the southern part is habitat of turtles such as common green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Pacific ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), hawksbill turtle and leatherback turtle.

Interesting sites to visit :

Bande Alit Beach, Rajegwesi Beach and Sukamade Beach.

Sumbersari : grazing area

Visitor activities :

Traditional fishing, swimming, camping, wind surfing, body board, turtle egg laying, jungle tracking, bird watching, flora and fauna sightseeing.

Special program :

Jungle adventure starting from Bandealit Beach – Sumbergadung -Meru Bay – Permisan Bay – Sukamade Beach (18 km, 3 days). Best time : June – Sepember.

Jungle adventure starting from Bandealit Beach – Meru Bay (14 Km, 5-6 hours).

Best time of year visit : throughout the year

How to get there :

Take a bus or railway to Jember. To get to each location you must rent a car or by your own car, the best way is to have an arrangement with National Park officer.

Contact :

Meru Betiri National Park

Jl. Sriwijaya 53 Kotak Pos 269

Jember – 68101

Telp./Fax. : +62-331-321530 / +62-331-335535

website : http://www.merubetiri.com

E-mail : meru@telkom.net

 

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