Spared the destruction of the Mega Rice Project, this area of peat-swamp forest just south of Palangka Raya was gazetted as Sebangau National Park in 2004. Although it has seen its share of degradation, Sebangau is still home to more than 6000 wild orang-utans, and the forest itself is a fascinating draw.
Peat forms over thousands of years as organic material accumulates in seasonally flooded regions. The semi-decayed material can extend as deep as 20m below the surface, and contains more carbon than the forest growing above. Due to habitat loss, nearly half of the mammals and one-third of the bird species found in peat swamps are endangered or threatened.