Dozens of birds from Sulawesi that were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Surabaya, East Java in recent months have been translocated and released into their natural habitat.

On 16-18 November 2023, FLIGHT supported BKSDA and the Law Enforcement Agency, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to translocate and release 86 birds of various species to their natural habitat in South Sulawesi. The birds that returned to their habitat were the Asian Tuwur (Eudynamis Scolopaceus), Sulawesi Hornbill (Rhyticeros Cassidix), Red-Tailed Starling (Scissirostrum Dubium), and Dora Lorikeet (Trichoglossus Ornatus).

Sulawesi Hornbill (Rhyticeros Cassidix) and Dora Lorikeet (Trichoglossus Ornatus) are protected by Law Number 5 year 1990. Sulawesi Hornbill (Rhyticeros Cassidix) is an endemic bird of Sulawesi which is often traded illegally as a pets. This Birds are included in the IUCN red list as VU (Vurnerable) and Appendix II CITES, while the Dora Lorikeet (Trichoglossus Ornatus) is also a bird that is on the IUCN red list as a Threatened Species and protected animal in Indonesia.

The perpetrators who smuggle and trade these protected animals will receive sanctions in accordance with Law No. 5 of 1990 with the threat of up to 5 years in prison.