Think You Know Everything About Sumatra? Think Again

1 Jun 2017 8

Rasta surfs the Century Swell in 2015, Photo by SurfAid/Billabong

Rasta surfs the Century Swell in 2015, Photo by SurfAid/Billabong

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Think you know everything about Sumatra? Think again. Sure, we know the Bintangs are cold and you’re likely to get pitted off your pineapple. But turns out there’s also a bunch of wacky facts you didn’t know. Wrap your noggin around these 14 facts and spout ‘em off to your mates when you’re relaxing on board The Mate Ship. (The Mate Ship you say? Check out the epic competition here.)

1. The Jembatan Akar root bridge was planted in 1890 by a village teacher who sought to help his students get to class sooner. It took 26 years for the two Bryan trees to weave together.

2. To prove their manhood, the men of Nias have to jump over a monument that is two meters high.

3. Sumatra is the only place where tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans live in the same ecosystem.

4. The island of Sumatra lies upon ‘the ring of fire’ meaning it is surrounded by a ring of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean.

5. Sumatra is one of very few places where bull racing is recognised as a sport.

6. Sumatra is the world’s sixth largest island spanning 473,481 square kilometres.

7. The island of Sumatra is one of only two places in the world where you can see orangutans living in the wild.

8. The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of all the subspecies of tigers found in the world.

9. Cat poo coffee or Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee, which is derived from the droppings of civets, a jungle cat native to Indonesia.

10. Lake Toba is said to have been formed around 75,000 years ago by a supervolcanic eruption, one of Earth’s largest known to occur. The Toba catastrophe theory believes this caused a global volcanic winter of up to 10 years.

11. 70% of the island’s economy is domestically produced and includes oil fields, coal, gold and silver deposits and rubber, tobacco and rice.

12. Between 1985 and 2007 Sumatra lost 48% of its forest cover but a large part of the East is still swampland and the interior is covered with impenetrable rainforest.

13. Sumatra is home to the world’s largest flower ironically named the corpse flower because of its putrid smell. It stands at one metre in height and can weigh up to 11kgs.

14. More than 200 different species of plants were recorded in a 200 metre radius of the Sumatran forest which is twice as much as the Amazon.


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