Jakarta’s Urban Development Threatens Wildlife Reserve

Indonesia’s surging economy and fast growing population is driving a building boom in Jakarta, which suffer from a legacy of poor urban design and weak enforcement of planning laws.

But at the northern edge of the chaos lies a swathe of jungle and mangroves, alive with the call of birds and shriek of monkeys at Maura Angke Wildlife reserve.

It is the last wildlife reserve left in Indonesia’s vast, traffic choked capital is under threat from growing tide of rubbish and angry local residents who complain that harbors thieving monkeys.

It is also home to 91 different bird species, several of which are endangered, as well as beavers, monitor lizards, amphibians and fish.

In addition, it is a stopover for migratory birds from Russia and Australia.But this oasis may not survive for much longer.
The last such reserve in Jakarta, Muara Angke’s 25 hectares are a popular destination for people eager to escape the crowded streets and view the 95 Long tailed Macaques that live there.