The Jakarta Post, AP, Jakarta | Tue, 02/02/2010 6:00 PM | Jakarta
Government officials say they are investigating how 180 luxury villas came to be built in a protected natural forest.
A Forestry Ministry spokesman said Tuesday the mansions were built on 250 hectares of the Halimun-Salak National Park in West Java.
The "Heart of Java" nature area is home to more than 100 streams and endangered Java eagles and gibbons.
Local media reported that the homes are likely owned by senior government officials and could be destroyed.
Indonesia's vast forests are rapidly being destroyed by land clearing for plantations, mining and other commercial development.