Book Benefits Endangered Species
Chandler, a public affairs and marketing consultant in Denver just published the second edition of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Chandler will use the book as a platform to help Indonesia develop more ecotourism opportunities, which can help the local populations preserve the rainforest, while discouraging illegal wildlife poaching, including tigers, orangutans, elephants, rhinos and other endangered species.
The new guidebook includes a dictionary and phrasebook to help visitors speak Indonesian.
Indonesia has some of the largest and most exotic islands in the world, including Bali, Java, Komodo, and Sumatra—more than 17,500 islands in all. With more than 210 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most-populous country in the world. These islands only represent one percent of the world’s land area, but they are home to more than 10 percent of all mammal species—more known mammal species than any other country. As a result of a growing human population, Indonesia now has more endangered mammals than any other country, including the orangutan, Javan rhinoceros, Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant.
“Indonesia has some of the most amazing biodiversity in the world, but many ecosystems are under siege by the economic pressures of this rapidly growing nation,” Chandler said. “The country is doing its best to balance development and conservation, but it’s a challenge. If we can help this beautiful country expand its ecotourism opportunities, it will help the locals support their families, while defending their ecosystems, which will benefit the country and the world.”
Chandler penned his first Indonesian guidebook in 1994. He also has written eight other books about environmental success stories from around the world. The new guidebook book has been updated, expanded and published to emphasize wildlife and marine destinations across numerous Indonesian islands.
Indonesia is home to the second-largest rainforest in the world—second only to Brazil—with 350 million acres. These diverse forests contain an estimated 4,000 species of trees, 30,000 flowering plant species, 500 species of mammals, more than 1,500 species of birds, and 5,000 varieties of orchids.
British zoologist Alfred Russel Wallace observed that the fauna east of Bali and Borneo were closely associated with Australia, while those to the west of Lombok and Sulawesi were associated more with the Indo-Malayan region of Southeast Asia. This invisible border has since been named the Wallace Line. For example, the largest mammals in Indonesia, such as the tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans are only found on a few the western-most islands, most notably on Sumatra.
“This is a fascinating country that offers something for all travelers,” Chandler said. “You don’t have to be an adventure traveler to appreciate the beauty of Indonesia.”
Experience more of Indonesia than the average traveler by speaking Indonesian. Simple courtesies and greetings will make your trip more productive and rewarding. Our phonetic style makes it impossible to mispronounce important words. Order your hard copy. Indonesians will sparkle with delight when you speak just a few words in bahasa Indonesia.