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Below you will find a collection of photos from Indonesia. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Tiger beetle



Oil palm plantation with the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park in the background



Sweat bees emerging from a hive



Fungi on a rainforest tree



Tree frog



Giant yellow planarian in the rain forest of Indonesia



Orange-eyed purple crab



Jungle tree in Ujung Kulon NP



Strangler fig beginning to take hold on a rainforest tree



Multicolored beetle



Large Orangutan Looking into Camera



Lowland rain forest in Java


Adult male Proboscis monkey (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male Proboscis monkey



Orangutan



Mother tarsier and baby


Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit



Dragonfly with rainbow wings



Fallen rainforest tree in Java's Ujung Kulon N.P.



Frog



Male wild boar


Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)



Bridge over a rainforest creek



The ceiling of the rain forest, as seen from below



Chopped down rainforest tree



Leaf-like katydid



Tarsier


Mt. Semeru, the tallest volcano on Java, erupting (Java)
Mt. Semeru, the tallest volcano on Java, erupting. Borobudur is located outside of Yogjakarta .



Crested black macaque



Red Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda)



Gecko


Palawa village (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village



Mother and baby orangutan on the ground



Traditional fishing boat



Large rainforest tree



Dock near Sunur



Peucang Island forest



Red-eyed dragonfly



Pile of round logs at an Indonesia sawmill



Orangutan



Rhino Protection Unit on patrol in Ujung Kulon's lowland rainforest



Bornean Flying leopard tree frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)



Ship off Peucang Island



Boat off Peucang Island



Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo



Fallen rainforest flower



RPU patrol paddling toward Ujung Kulon



Coastline near the village of Sunur, West Java


Sunset over the rice fields of Ubud (Ubud, Bali)
Sunset over the rice fields of Ubud



Thomas' Leaf Monkey



Mama Orangutan with baby in her lap



Sunda Rusa (Rusa timorensis)


Colorful house among green rice fields of south Sulawesi (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Colorful house among green rice fields of south Sulawesi


Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi.



Waves breaking on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Javan Rusa



Orange and yellow flowers



Orangutan with Large Face Plate



Rice terraces at Gunung Kawi



Dani man in traditional ceremonial dress



Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)



Peucang Island rainforest


Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools



Dani man


Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter.



Frog



Coastline of Ujung Kulon



Rain forest along the Bohorok River



Devastated rainforest landscape in Borneo



Green longhorn beetle



Bright green grasshopper



Bear Cuscus


Stupas at sunrise (Java)
Stupas at sunrise



Green hued lizard


Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus)



Western Javan lutung (Trachypithecus auratus mauritius)



Gigantic strangler fig



Sunset on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Tarsier



Forest toad



Orange fungi



Strangler fig



River valley in the Arfak mountains


Emerald green rice terraces of south Sulawesi (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Emerald green rice terraces of south Sulawesi


Deep red millipede on forest floor (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Deep red millipede on forest floor



Clear water stream in Gunung Palung, Indonesian Borneo



Frog shadow seen through a sunlit leaf



Fishing boat in Sunur



Beautiful red,white, and blue butterfly



Toad



Tiger beetle



Frog


Turquoise waters below dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu temple in Bali (Jimbaran, Bali)
Turquoise waters below dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu temple in Bali



Aerial vew of burning peatlands and forest in Indonesian Borneo



Javan jungle



Green-bellied waterfall frog



Peucang Island, West Java, Indonesia



Orangutan hanging in tree



Tall buttress roots of a rainforest tree


Close up on grains of rice in a rice field (Java)
Close up on grains of rice in a rice field



Thomas' Leaf Monkey in tree



Rainforest creek in Ujung Kulon



Hornbill



Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra)



Peucang Island beach


Rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields



Mother and baby orangutan in at tree



Fallen rainforest tree in Ujung Kulon N.P.



Pier in Sunur, near the Rhino Protection Unit outpost/local office for the Ujung Kulon National Park



Looking up the trunk of a rainforest tree



Sumatran elephants in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park



Peucang Island beach



Gunung Leuser Rain Forest



Balinese Kecack Dance



Dock and beach near Sunur



Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)



Christmas beetle in Bali



Manado Tua volcano



Mama Orangutan Carrying Baby



Orangutan in tree



New oil palm development in forest bordering Gunung Leuser National Park



Multicolored katydid



Red grasshawk dragonfly



Pink and red ginger flower



Yellow planthopper



Wild Geraniums



Blue and black butterfly



Ujung Kulon rain forest



Rainforest canopy seen from the base of a compass tree


Little girls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Little girls at Lemo


Blue green and copper colored grasshopper with large red eyes and yellow antennae (Java)
Blue green and copper colored grasshopper with large red eyes and yellow antennae.



Cicada emerging from from its larval stage



Sunset on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Green katydid with a neon turquoise stripe



Islands near Sumatra



Replanting an oil palm plantation on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park



Sulawesi sunset



Rice paddies with the mountains of Ujung Kulon National Park behind



Black, violet, and green damselfly



Forest dragon with blue eyes


Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo



Orangutan with Large Face Plate



Dani man with penis gourd



Rainforest of Ujung Kulon as seen from the sea



Long-tailed macaque






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Recent environmental news for Indonesia:

Officials bust one of the biggest players in illegal Indonesian manta ray trade

(10/01/2014) Writing this from a hotel room in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, I realize that I am filled with trepidation as I wait for the phone next to me to ring. When it does, the voice on the other end will tell me it’s go time; the culmination of many years of work towards ending the global trade in manta ray gills.


High Court denies appeal by palm oil company that cleared protected peat forest

(09/30/2014) Furthering Indonesia's renewed commitment to environmental justice, the High Court of Banda Aceh denied an appeal by PT. Kallista Alam, the oil palm company found guilty of destroying over 1,000 hectares of protected peat forest in Gunung Leuser ecosystem. The Court upheld the previous ruling, which fined the company 366 billion rupiah ($30 million) in penalties and restoration fees.


Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment

(09/30/2014) Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group.


Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

(09/26/2014) Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies stretch before his house. The price of chili — a staple commodity in Indonesia — has been stable for six months. From his 2,000 plants he hopes to earn 40 million rupiah ($3,400), much of which he wants to invest in expanding his crop. That is, if his farm can survive the threats that have destroyed so many of his neighbor's.


Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of

(09/23/2014) If the term “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything.


After 12 years, Indonesia finally ratifies transboundary haze agreement

(09/19/2014) Indonesia ended 12 years of stalling this week, becoming the last ASEAN nation to ratify an agreement on transboundary haze. As smoke from more than 1,200 fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan pushed air pollution in neighboring Singapore to 'unhealthy' levels, the Indonesian House of Representatives ratified the 2002 ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP).


Legislation protecting Indonesia's indigenous communities is not good enough, says advocacy group

(09/18/2014) Approaching final legalization, an advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous communities has asked to postpone passing a bill granting protections to indigenous people, stating some demands still need to be addressed.


Activists urge outgoing Indonesian president to protect key forest area before he steps down

(09/17/2014) Activists have launched an urgent appeal calling upon outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step up protection of the only ecosystem that houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers.


From 'production' forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But will it be enough?

(09/16/2014) The orangutan is native exclusively to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — two regions that have seen the brunt of Indonesia's recent forest destruction due primarily to logging and plantation development. Although there are anywhere from 45,000 to 69,000 Bornean orangutans remaining in the wild, the Sumatran species numbers only about 7,300 according to a 2004 survey, and is dwindling further every year.


Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade

(09/15/2014) If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence.


Indonesia's secret treasures: islands passed over by loggers, hunters and conservationists

(09/14/2014) As our boat sailed towards the forest-clad island, I had no idea what surprise awaited me. A few months ago I was asked to conduct a wildlife survey on a rarely visited island somewhere in Indonesia. For reasons explained below I will not disclose its name. Suffice to say it is one of the thousands of Indonesian islands without people on it. In terms of the wildlife I saw, the absence of people really showed.


Domestic conservation: Indonesia’s rich should step up to save nation’s dwindling natural resources

(09/13/2014) Indonesia’s middle and upper classes are becoming increasingly interested and supportive of environmental conservation. Still, they have some way to go to become real leaders and trendsetters on this important issue.


Palm oil company continues to operate illegal plantation despite court ruling

(09/12/2014) A palm oil company in Central Kalimantan continues to operate business as usual, despite a Supreme Court ruling confirming it has no legal permit to do so. Since 2009, PT Hati Prima Agro (HPA), a subsidiary of palm oil giant Bumitama Gunajaya Agro Group (BGA), has cleared over 7,000 ha of land in Central Kalimantan, even though their permits were revoked by the Ministry of Forestry in 2008.


Companies at risk of sourcing illegal palm oil despite zero deforestation commitments, finds investigation

(09/05/2014) Major palm oil suppliers may be continuing to buy tainted palm oil despite high-profile commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, reports a new investigation published by Eyes on the Forest.


Canada, Russia, Brazil lead world in old-growth forest loss

(09/05/2014) Every day, the world loses about 50,000 hectares of forest to agricultural clearing, road development, and other human activities, constricting true wilderness into smaller and smaller areas – along with the species that inhabit them. New analysis and maps released this week show these last vestiges are disappearing at a quick pace, with more than 104 million hectares degraded from 2000 to 2013.


APP can meet projected pulp demand without clearing more forest

(09/05/2014) Indonesian forestry giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) won't need to clear additional forests to meet pulp requirements for current and forecast mill expansion, finds an independent assessment conducted by The Forest Trust (TFT) and Ata Marie.


How Islam could help save Aceh's forests

(09/05/2014) Aceh, Indonesia has found a new ally in the struggle to protect the province's remaining natural forests: Sharia law.


Indonesia to verify ownership of 66M ha of disputed forest land

(09/04/2014) The Indonesian government has declared it will verify ownership of 66.3 million hectares of disputed forest land by the end of the year. Through the development of a Recognition and Verification of Rights scheme (PPH), the Forestry Department will inventory and evaluate the status of all government land where indigenous people and other groups hold conflicting claims of ownership. Indonesia currently considers 122.2 million hectares of forested land—almost 64% of the country—to be state-owned. They hope to resolve all conflicting claims to the area by the end of 2015.


Indonesia's national airline to start using palm oil biofuel

(08/28/2014) Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia, says it will start mixing palm oil-based biofuel with its jet fuel as part of an initiative to "reduce" carbon emissions, reports The Jakarta Post.


Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring

(08/28/2014) Police in Langkat, North Sumatera, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Three suspects were detained during last week's operation, while their accomplices remain at large. Dozens more animals reportedly obtained from dealers in Medan are still unaccounted for.


Meeting an Illegal Logger

(08/27/2014) 'I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation.' An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Mongabay Special Reporting Fellow Robert S. Eshelman interviews an illegal logger in Indonesia on the topic of cleaning up commodity supply chains.


How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?

(08/26/2014) There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests—also known as old-growth forests—are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it.


What lies within, we may never know: deforestation threatening Sulawesi’s unique wildlife

(08/26/2014) For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite a growing population and limited space, Sulawesi has managed to provide a safe haven to hundreds of unique species as they evolved over millennia. But that haven may soon be lost to uncontrolled extraction of forest products from Sulawesi’s many pristine ecosystems.


Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes

(08/22/2014) Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president.


Under pressure over pollution complaints, Aceh calls for closure of gold mines

(08/22/2014) In the wake of massive fish die-offs and repeated calls from environmental groups to do more than just talk about the issue, the government of Aceh has called for the closure of all illegal gold mines throughout the province. Several members of the Regional Leadership Coordination Forum signed a written appeal for illegal miners to immediately stop their operations.





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