South East Sulawesi
Kakinawe Game Reserve
|A. Legal base, location, and space |
Kakinauwe Forest of 810 ha has been established as a nature reserve on September 1, 1982 by decree of Minister of Agriculture no. 639/Kpts/Um/9/1982 on the basis of its potency of flora and fauna.
The Kakinauwe is geographically positioned between 05°08′ -05°12′ southern latitude and 122°53′ -122°57′ eastern longitude which is administratively included in Kakinauwe Village, Lasalimu Sub-district, Buton District. Management of this reserve is under the authority of RPH Lasalimu, BKPH Buton Timur, KPH Buton.
The Kakinauwe ecosystem is consisted of low land forest and low mountain forest with rich potency of flora e.g. ‘wola’ (Vitex copassus reinw), ‘bayam’ (Intsia bijuga), ‘kayu lawang’, and rattan. Some wild animals found in the area are high land anoa (Bubalus quarlesi), low land anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), deer (Cervus timorensis), Sulawesi black monkey (Macaca ochreata), Sulawesi civet cat (Macrogalidia musschenbroekl), cuscus (Phalanger celebensis), hornbill, jungle fowl (Gallus gallus), white pigeon, and Sulawesi ornate lory (Tanignathus sumatranus).
Kakinauwe Nature Reserve is easily accessible both by car and motorbike. It is only ± 67 km or 3 hour from Bau-Bau, the capital of Buton District.
Legal status as a nature reserve from Minister of Forestry is not yet issued. Survey of its potency is not yet held, therefore, many flora and fauna are still unknown.