describes the expedition last month in the jungles of Sumatra in the way of Pendekar orang
Even in this age of satellite maps and global positioning, there are still "lost world" where few humans tread and where species of animals not recognized by science live. Kerinci Seblat National Park in West Sumatra is one of those places. The size of a small country, its dark interior, full steam has never been sufficiently explored. Last month, I returned to the forests for the fourth time to follow an elusive species, and so far unregistered monkey known to locals as the orangutan Pendekar or "little man".
issue this year was the largest of its kind in visiting the area. It consisted of two teams. The first, consisting of Adam Davies (Leader of the expedition at the Centre for Fortean Zoology), David Archer, Andrew Sanderson and I would focus on forests in the highlands around Lake Gunung Tujuh. The second team of Chris Clark, Malam Lisa, Rebecca Lang, Mike Williams, Jon and Tim McGowan frail would be based in the "garden" area - the most open, semi-cultivated land adjacent to the real forest. According to local press, the creature was seen here several times when it comes to crops such as sugarcane raid.
before the team left, our guide gave us a witness called Pak Sahar Entis, who claims to have seen a Pendekar orangutan in the garden in April. He described it as about three feet high, but with massive shoulders and chest. He referred to a piece of washing on a line to indicate the color of your hair - one half of a tan. His face and monkey walked upright on two legs while swinging your arms. Realizing that Pak Entis became alarmed and raised his hands above his head by launching a "hoo-hoo" sound and quickly moved. It was visible for about a minute.
We climbed the forest, surrounded Lake Gunung Tujuh, the caldera of an extinct volcano, and crossed by canoe. After setting up camp, we begin trekking in the jungle. Overall, we walk several miles and then stop and have a longer period of silent observation.
also set up motion-sensitive camera traps. We find chewing ginger plants and willow shoots, both thought the food preferences of the orangutan Pendekar. DNA has not recovered from samples of this type, unfortunately, those who had been exposed to rain for a while.
a ride on the lake - a buffer zone, the thickest jungle - John Sahar brother found a track next to a rotting log that had been broken. Pendekar Orang fed larvae of these files. The letter was chosen by Andrew Sanderson with a rapid drying of dental plaster. Nearby, Sahar found a number of hairs that Adam kept in ethanol for laboratory analysis.
Back at camp, we got a little closer to the smelter, and it was clean. It was clearly a handprint rather than a trace. The palm tree is complete, the thumb short and almost triangular, and the fingers are thick, sausage-shaped. The structure is very different from the Sumatran orangutan with long slender fingers and thumb close to remnant. It was more like the imprint of the hand of a young gorilla, but with your palm a little more round.
The next day after the cameras were made up of patrols and observation. We found many traces of tiger and scratch marks in the region, and also the remains of two Malayan tapirs killed by tigers.
Sahar told us of another creature that can live in the deep jungle. The orangutan kardil, or "little men" would be a race of human beings around three feet high, very different from the orang-utan ape Pendekar. The orangutan kardil apparently go naked in the jungle have no hair, except for the head and hunt with poisoned bamboo spears. They are known to steal food.
In 1981, the father of the end of Sahar and a friend were commercial rice in a remote area five days walk from their village. Traveling through a valley beyond the mountain of Alus and Candi Bukit Asa Batang River. According to a friend Sahar has killed one of these "little men" who had looted their stores of rice. In retaliation several orangutan kardil stabbed to death. kardil The orangutan called to mindPondok
In the garden there is some evidence that the orangutan Pendekar may be losing its fear of humans because of the lure of easy meal. I think that's where we are now more likely to have an encounter with the creature and capture on film.
We examined the photographs of most of the pitfalls of the camera and it seems that all the insects were captured, rain and a solitary bird. This is not surprising since they were only for nine days. However, there are plans to establish a set of camera traps in the park all the time and have them checked once a month. We hope that this project started in 2012.
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