THE LAND OF THRIVING LIFE

In the first post about my internship in Semarang, Indonesia, “INTO THE INCREDIBLE INDONESIA” I mentioned that Indonesia is the second richest in biodiversity (after Brazil) country in the World. And you do not need to go deep into the country to verify this statement. Just get into one of the forests that cover more about 60% of Indonesia’s territory, and you will find yourself among many different species of deciduous trees, palm trees, ferns and other plants. Insects and birds will fill in the air between the trunks of different shapes and sizes. And if you dig the soil, you may discover so many fat larvae of the palm beetle that you can quickly fill in a small bucket with them.

Actually, you do not need to go and search for biodiversity in Indonesia; it will find you and come to you. Different butterflies, wasps, beetles and birds will meet you on the way to your residence in the country. And there you will never be alone – ants of various sizes and agile geckos, which easily climb the walls hunting for mosquitoes and other insects, will accompany you during the stay.

Sometimes a large black cockroach will run across your room disturbed by you turning on the light. Or a grey fat frog the size and shape almost of a tennis ball will jump to your chair while you sit in a café, look at you thoughtfully and then slowly and melancholically jump away into the darkness of the evening, which is filled with chirping, snorting and smacking of various representatives of the Indonesian fauna.

And in the morning most probably you will be greeted by a relatively large and gracious lizard with an extremely long tail. It will sit calmly absorbing the morning sunrays and looking at you without any fear. Only if you touch it impertinently, the lizard will run away for a meter or two and then stop and look back at you with indignation against such rudeness.

All this I had experienced during just the first two weeks of my stay in Indonesia. And I have a whole month ahead to spend here. So, I expect many more interesting creatures to meet in this truly “Land of Thriving Life”.

And as a passionate biologist and ecologist I am very happy about that.

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