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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






Recommended travel guides on Indonesia:



Recent environmental news for Indonesia:

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.


Of Prawns and Men on the Bali Strait

(08/22/2014) Why is shrimp so cheap? The answer: it's not. An in depth look at the shrimp farm industry in Indonesia and the true cost of this universally enjoyed delicacy. This article by Melati Kaye first appeared in the Seashore Issue of the culinary magazine Lucky Peach and was funded under Mongabay.org's Special Reporting Initiatives program.


Indonesia's forests so damaged they burn whether or not there's drought

(08/21/2014) Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia. While these fires are often termed forest fires, the reality is much of the area that burns each year has already been deforested and today mostly consists of grass, scrub, and remnants of what was once forest. But the impacts are nonetheless very substantial, finds a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.


Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation

(08/19/2014) Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative. But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests?


20 orangutan pictures for World Orangutan Day

(08/19/2014) August 19 is World Orangutan Day, a designation intended to raise awareness about the great red ape, which is threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and hunting. Once distributed across much of southeast Asia, today orangutans are only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Both species of orangutan — the Sumatran and the Bornean — are considered endangered.


Indonesian govt reiterates plan to clear 14M ha of forest by 2020

(08/16/2014) The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


Bali uprising: Plan to convert protected area into golf courses, mall spurs outrage

(08/16/2014) In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay. The plan would convert 700 acres of theoretically protected mangrove and ocean front into a tourist haven of golf courses, hotels, luxury shopping and attractions rumored to include a race track and theme park. The move has sparked a series of protests and demonstrations by local citizens and environmental groups concerned that the development will kill livelihoods and destroy the fragile marine ecosystem.


Elephant poaching soars as Sumatran forests turn into plantations

(08/14/2014) There has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes. The number of Sumatran elephants poached in the province of Riau so far this year is staggering, with 22 reported kills in the first six months of 2014 compared to 14 for the entirety of 2013.


Indonesia cracks down on illegal burning, investigates more suspect companies

(08/14/2014) Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian forest are illegally burned by development companies. However, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, is optimistic that legal charges over such fires can be completed – even though he has just three months left in office.


Aceh backtracking on mining moratorium, continues to issue permits

(08/13/2014) The Governor of Aceh Province, Indonesia appears unwilling to implement a mining moratorium, despite repeated statements he intends to do so. Governor Zaini Abdullah, a co-founder of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM), has said on several occasions that he believes there should be a moratorium on mining licenses, however watch-groups claim no official policy has been enacted.


Forgotten species: the exotic squirrel with a super tail

(08/13/2014) With among the world's largest tails compared to body-size, the tufted ground squirrel just might be the most exotic squirrel species on the planet. Found only on the island of Borneo, this threatened species is also surrounded by wild tales, including the tenacity to take down a deer for dinner. New research explores the squirrel's monster tail and whether other tales about it may be true.


Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal

(08/12/2014) Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forestry official.


Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future

(08/11/2014) A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future.


Aceh's largest peat swamp at risk from palm oil

(08/11/2014) Oil palm plantations and other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve—Aceh's largest peat swamp, and home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. The lack of clear boundaries, and construction of roads bisecting the area has fostered encroachment by local and outside entrepreneurs, including some former local officials, reports Abu Hanifah Lubis, Program Manager of Yayasan Leuser Internasional (YLI).


Singapore to fine domestic, foreign companies for causing haze

(08/07/2014) Singapore's parliament has approved a controversial measure that could penalize companies — both foreign and domestic — that are responsible for causing haze overseas, reports Reuters.


Oil palm, mining prompts local govt in Borneo to declare water unsafe for drinking

(08/06/2014) The Environment Ministry of Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia declared that the water in many rivers and lakes is unsuitable for consumption due to high levels of pollution.


Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island

(08/04/2014) Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down at an alarming rate in favor of mining and palm oil plantations.


Poachers target elephants, tigers in Sumatran park

(07/31/2014) The Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh, Indonesia is gaining the attention of international animal traffickers, according to the Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL). From the beginning of 2013, FKL patrols have dismantled 282 makeshift traps targeting high value threatened species, and the situation is getting worse.


Palm oil company clears rainforest in New Guinea

(07/29/2014) An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia's board has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia. The report is based on analysis of data from Global Forest Watch, NASA satellites, Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry, and company documents.





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