At the southern tip of Sumatra, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park comprises one of the island’s last stands of lowland forests. For this reason the World Wildlife Fund has ranked it as one of the planet’s most biologically outstanding habitats and is working to conserve the park’s remaining Sumatran rhinos and tigers; it is also identified as the most important forest area for tiger conservation in the world. The park is also famous for many endemic bird species that prefer foothill climates, and several species of sea turtle that nest along the park’s coastal zone.
Of the 3560 sq km originally designated as protected, less than 3240 sq km remain untouched. The usual suspects are responsible: illegal logging, illegal encroachment of coffee, pepper and other plantations, and poachers.
Tourist infrastructure in the park is very limited, bordering on non-existent. An organised tour is your best bet; these can be arranged in Kota Agung or Krui.