Monkey Forest at Tegal hamlet, Ubud, Gianyar, now has a new General Manager. His name is I Nyoman Buana, a graduate from the Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, Bali. Armed with a wealth of experience as an agricultural field worker in foreign companies for decades, he is determined to conjure up the Monkey Forest into a leading destination.
Nyoman Buana said that as a first step he would prepare three main programs namely to complement the organization by recruiting marketing and conservation officers. In the future, it would be directed to develop forest areas so as to increase tourist visits.
At the moment, he said, the number of tourist visits had been good, but his party hoped to increase that number corresponding to the number of tourist visits to Bali, both those having been familiar to Bali or not. “This can be done by increasing cooperation with travel agencies, improving promotion in the internet and tourism media,” he said.
Meanwhile, for the internal promotion his party would continue to improve the quality of human resources by carrying out a comparative study to other tourist objects offering similar attraction. In addition to learning how to maintain the animal as a main attraction, the human resources also learned about the destination management, so as to create a reliable tourist destination.
In maintaining the health of the monkeys, his party had an agreement with the Udayana University, Denpasar. It was intended to maintain the monkey health, to train its behavior as well as to keep the population so that it would not be growing too rapidly. “We have to make every effort in order their population will not to exceed the supporting capacity of the monkey forest as their native home,” he said.
Additionally, his party also intended to create a rare forest with innovation to prepare the seedlings. In the planting, he would like to give the opportunity to travelers to participate in preserving the forests by implementing a tree planting program. After preparing the seedlings, in the planting would be written the name and origin of the visitors. “This measure is intended to make them come again. Of course, they will be interested in seeing their trees having been planted,” he explained. (BTN/015)