Sumatra is an Island where complete tourist destination-sunny beaches, rich flora and fauna, large rivers , lakes, and great history. And Bahorok is located in that province.
Bukit Lawang Ecotourism & Ecoproject
Bukit Lawang is one of the Most Excited place in Bahorok region. Situated approximately 90 km north-west of Medan, Bukit Lawang is known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan. Located on Bahorok river bank at border of Gunung Leuser national park, where walking through the river bank , crossing the river by canoe going up to hill to see Orang Utan at feeding time. Also trekking in the jungle, see the Orang Utan or other animal in their own habitat inside the rain tropical forest. You will hear many songs of birds or Siamang “The Black Gibbon” . It was stated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site home to numerous bird, plant and mammal species, most famously the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii), which can be seen in the jungle in Bukit Lawang as well as at the daily feedings.
It was set up by two Swiss zoologists, Regina Frey and Monica Boerner, to help primates to get readjusted to the wild after confinement or dislocation.
This rehabilitation center for orangutans was founded in 1973. The main purpose is to preserve the decreasing number of orangutan population due to hunting, trading and deforestation. The orangutans of Sumatra are an endangered species, with loss of habitat, and poaching pushing them towards extinction. The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is an effort to preserve and save these animals that are quickly dying out. After it was opened in 1973, with funding coming from the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre has seen almost 200 orangutans released into the wilderness.
The national park, settled in the Barisan mountain range, is named after Mount Leuser (3,119 m), and protects a wide range of ecosystems. An orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang is located within the park. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat National Parks, it forms a World Heritage Site, the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. Bukit Lawang and Bahorok is part of this National Park , just lies in it. This rainforest is immensely biodiverse, hosting approximately 700 different species of animals - more than 175 mammals, 320 birds, 190 reptiles and amphibians , and the flora contains approximately 10.000 plant species, don’t missed the spectacular Rafflesia Arnoldi and Amorphophallus titanum, the biggest and the highest flower in the world.