North Sulawesi Karakelang Hunting Parks

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North Sulawesi

Karakelang Hunting Parks

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General
The Karakelang Hunting Parks, Karakelang Utara and Karakelang Selatan, comprise an area of 21,000 ha, in two seperate areas on Karakelang Island, the largest of the Talaud Islands. Karakelang Utara covers an area of 16,600 ha, Karakelang Selatan an area of 5,200 ha. The vegetation is almost entirely lowland tropical moist forest, although in the southern reserve areas scrubby grasslands are associated with underlying ultrabasic rock around Gunung Piapi (525m). More accessible areas of the reserve have been selectively logged.
The Karakelang Hunting Parks support important populations of Red-and-blue Lory, Talaud Kingfisher, Blue-naped Parrot, Grey Imperial-Pigeon, the endemic Swallowtail butterfly Talaud Black Birdwing and Estuarine Crocodile. The reserves were established to protect introduced populations of Banteng and Forest Pigs.
The UK based Action Sampiri is working in the area. They try to establish eco-tourist accommodation and raise environmental awareness. For more info on their initiatives see the address details below.
Access
Ferries to Beo, the capital of Karakelang depart from Manado every Monday evening and take 24 hours. A more expensive alternative is formed by the PELNI ferry, the same that serves the Sangihe Islands. Merpati fly twice weekly to Melonguane airport on Karakelang, departing from Sam Ratulangi Airport, Manado on Monday and Friday mornings; return flights are on the same day.
The easiest way to enter Karakelang Utara is following the Lobo River, some 10km north of Beo. Lobo village can be reached by bus from Beo and it is then a 2-3 hour trek, following the river, to the edge of the reserve. You can camp close to the river, but will have to provide camping equipment and food. Basic supplies are available in Beo, but camping equipment should be purchased before arrival on Talaud, which are some of the least developed islands in Indonesia.
Access to the southern reserve is easier. Buses from Beo depart throughout the day to Pulutan and take about an hour; accommodation can be arranged in the village or you can camp at the reserve edge.
Permits to enter the reserve must be obtained from the KSDA office in Manado. Prior to entering the reserve you should report to the KSDA office in Beo on Karakelang and will probably be expected to be accompanied by one of their officers, who will serve as guides.
Accommodation
* Lirung – Salebabu
o Hotel Cindy
o Some simple losmen
* Karakelang
o One very simple losmen
o KSDA accommodation in Beo
Addresses
KSDA Manado, Jl. Babe Palar, Manado, SULUT.
KSDA Beo, Beo, Karakelang, Talaud, SATAL, SULUT.
Contact Tulus Yansen or David Pangsalang
Mapala Areca Vestiaria, Fakultas Pertanian, PO Box 39, Kleak, Manado 95115, SULUT.
Contact M.B. Hutajulu or Feibe Katuuk.
Action Sampiri, 1 The Croft, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7XA. England.
Telephone: ++-44-(0)1665-720325
Trekking
* Pulutan village – Gunung Piapi 1 day.
* Coast-to-coast trek 2-3 days.

Mammals
* [Bear cuscus] – Ailurops ursinus
* Pallas’s tube-nosed bat – Nyctimene cephalotes
* [Talaud flying fox] – Acerodon humilis
* Lesser dog-faced fruit bat – Cynopterus brachyotis
* Greenish bare-backed fruit bat – Dobsonia viridis
* Variable flying fox – Pteropus hypomelanus
* [ – ] – Pteropus speciosus
* Swift fruit bat – Thoopterus nigrescens
* [Pouch-bearing bat] – Saccolaimus saccolaimus
* [Black-bearded tomb bat] – Taphozous melanopogon
* Diadem leaf-nosed bat – Hipposideros diadema
* [Sulawesi horseshoe bat] – Rhinolophus celebensis
* [Hardwicke’s forest bat] – Kerivoula hardwickii
* [Red tree rat] – Melomys fulgens
* [Ricefield rat] – Rattus argentiventer
* Banteng – Bos javanicus
* Forest Pig – Sus scrofa/celebensis

[]- recorded on Karakelang, but not (yet) within reserve boundaries.
Birds
* Philippine Scrubfowl – Megapodius cumingii
* Dollarbird – Eurystomus orientalis
* Common Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
* Ruddy Kingfisher – Halcyon coromanda
* Collared Kingfisher – Todirhamphus chloris
* Talaud Kingfisher – Todirhamphus enigma
* Rainbow Bee-eater – Merops ornatus
* Oriental Cuckoo – Cuculus saturatus
* Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopacea
* Lesser Coucal – Centropus bengalensis
* Red-and-blue Lory – Eos histrio
* Golden-mantled Racquet-tail – Prioniturus platurus
* Great-billed Parrot – Tanygnathus megalorynchos
* Blue-naped Parrot – Tanygnathus lucionensis
* Blue-backed Parrot – Tanygnathus sumatranus
* Glossy Swiftlet – Collocalia esculenta
* Moluccan Swiftlet – Aerodramus infuscata
* Fork-tailed Swift – Apus pacificus
* Brown Hawk-Owl – Ninox scutulata
* Metallic Pigeon – Columba vitiensis
* Spotted Dove – Streptopelia chinensis
* Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove – Macropygia amboinensis

* Emerald Dove – Chalcophaps indica
* Nicobar Pigeon – Caloenas nicobarica
* Black-naped Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus melanospila
* Green Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula aenea
* Elegant Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula concinna
* Grey Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula pickeringii
* White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus
* Talaud Bush Hen – Amaurornis magnirostris
* [Talaud Rail] – Gymnocrex talaudensis
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Grey-tailed Tattler – Tringa brevipes
* Brahminy Kite – Haliastur indus
* Chinese Goshawk – Accipiter soloensis
* Grey-faced Buzzard – Butastur indicus
* Black Bittern – Ixobrychus flavicollis
* Red-bellied Pitta – Pitta erythrogaster
* Slender-billed Crow – Corvus enca
* Black-naped Oriole – Oriolus chinensis
* Sulawesi Cicadabird – Coracina morio
* Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher – Terpsiphone cinnamomea
* Island Monarch – Monarcha cinerascens
* Grey-streaked Flycatcher – Muscicapa griseisticta
* Asian Glossy Starling – Aplonis panayensis
* Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
* Pacific Swallow – Hirundo tahitica
* Everett’s White-eye – Zosterops everetti
* Gray’s Grasshopper-Warbler – Locustella fasciolata
* Arctic Warbler – Phylloscopus borealis
* Grey-sided Flowerpecker – Dicaeum celebicum
* Black Sunbird – Nectarinia aspasia
* Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
* Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea
* Pechora Pipit – Anthus gustavi

[]- recorded on Karakelang, but not (yet) within reserve boundaries.

Reptiles
* Estuarine Crocodile – Crocodylus porosus

Invertebrates
* Talaud Black Birdwing – Troides dohertyi

 

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