The Jayawijaya Mountains
, formerly known as the Orange Range, are the eastern mountain range
of the Maoke Mountains
in the central highlands region of the Indonesian
part of New Guinea
. The range extends for 230 miles east of the Sudirman Range
to the Star Mountains
. Its highest point is Trikora Peak
at 4,750 meters (15,580 feet). The large Grasberg copper and gold mine
, operated by the Freeport
company based out of the United States
, is located in these mountains. The Baliem River
has its source in the range.
Inhabitants of the range include the Ketengban.
In 1997 sightings of animals matching the description of the thylacine, an extinct Australian marsupial were reported from "the Jayawijaya region of Irian Jaya"..
- (1999): Ethno-ornithology of the Ketengban People, Indonesian New Guinea. In: : Folkbiology: 17-46. MIT Press. ISBN 026263192X
- (1997): Irian Jayans spy 'Tassie Tiger' Version of 1997-AUG-20. Retrieved 2008-JUN-17.