Indonesia Travel Guidebook Benefits Communities, Endangered Wildlife

Indonesia Travel Expert

Indonesia has some of the most amazing biodiversity on earth, including tigers, rhinos, elephants and orangutans. It also has the world’s second-largest rainforest. Unfortunately, this biodiversity is under siege by an exploding human population.

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia

To help promote sustainable alternatives, an author and consultant from the United States has published the second edition of his Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia (2009, Hippocrene Books, New York, New York). The author is donating all of his profits from this publication to wildlife conservation organizations in Indonesia.

“Indonesia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world,” Chandler said from his hotel room in Jakarta. “It has incredible wildlife, including the Asian elephant, Sumatran tiger, Komodo dragon, orangutan, Javan rhinoceros and many others.”

Indonesia has more than 17,500 islands, including many of the largest and most exotic islands in the world. Bali, Borneo, Java, Komodo, New Guinea, and Sumatra are just a few of the diverse islands that comprise this tropical destination.

With more than 210 million people, Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world. These islands only represent one percent of the world’s land area, but they provide home to more than 10 percent of all mammal species on the planet—more known mammal species than any other country. Unfortunately, Indonesia also has more endangered mammals than any other country.

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Chandler’s new book offers travelers valuable insights and tips for a variety of activities, including wildlife viewing, volcano treks, scuba diving, and the indulgence of Bali’s spas and resorts. The new guidebook also includes a dictionary and phrase guide to help visitors communicate effectively throughout the country.

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“We are encouraging Indonesia to expand its eco-tourism opportunities, which will help the locals support their families, while defending these delicate ecosystems,” Chandler said. “These important rain forests and these critically-endangered species are important to Indonesia and the entire world.”

Chandler wrote his first guidebook to Indonesia in 1994. The new guidebook has been updated and expanded to emphasize wildlife and marine destinations across even more islands.

For more information and to order your copy of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia, visit

Background: Gary R. Chandler is the founder of Crossbow Communications and Earth News. Crossbow is a an international advertising, public relations and public affairs firm with offices in Denver, New York and Phoenix. Chandler is a Colorado native. He first toured Indonesia in 1993. He taught English in Indonesia and served as a freelance reporter for the Jakarta Post and Garuda magazine.

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