More than 4000 birds were rescued from smuggling attempt through 4 rescue operations in Lampung (South Sumatra), Solok (West Sumatra), and Riau (Sumatra). Yes, you read it right. 4 smuggling attempts in one Island of Sumatra, within just 9 days (15th to 24th November). First rescue operation starts on November 15th, where FLIGHT successfully assisted the KSKP Bakauheni, Lampung Agricultural Quarantine and also the Nature Conservation Agency to foil a smuggling attempt of more than 1,000 (roughly 1,467) wild birds of various species. These birds brought using a truck from Lampung and contained inside plastic boxes. Some of the birds were including Ashy Tailorbirds, White-eyes, Zebra Doves, etc. These poor birds were immediately released in the wild after undergoes some check-ups. Five days afterward, on November 20th, another 2,159 wild birds were seized on Bakauheni Port which still in the same area of Lampung by KSKP Bakauheni and Lampung Agricultural Quarantine team with an assist from FLIGHT. The 2,159 birds were planned to be shipped without any required quarantine documents. Fortunately, the birds were released on the same day after being handed over to the Bengkulu Nature Conservation Agency. The third operation occurred in Solo, West Sumatra on November 22nd, 2021. A total of 391 birds were successfully rescued by the Solok Police and West Sumatra Nature Conservation Agency with the help from FLIGHT. The birds were varying in species but some are including Blue-winged Leafbirds (Chloropsis cochinchinensis), Blue-masked Leafbirds (Chloropsis venusta), and Greater Green Leafbirds (Chloropsis sonnerati), in which […]
On November 1st, FLIGHT investigator on Lombok Island received information that there would be an attempt to smuggle thousands of birds from Lombok Island to Banyuwangi, East Java. Information received by investigators is that a truck carrying birds will depart from Gilimas Port, Lombok to Tanjungmas Port, Banyuwangi, East Java and the ferry will depart on November 2 at 05.00 AM from Gilimas Port and is planned to arrive at 06.00 PM on the same day at Tanjungmas port, Banyuwangi. At 10:00 PM, the FLIGHT investigator went to Gilimas Port, Lombok to find a truck that carrying illegal birds. The investigator tried to stop the truck before they left Lombok Island, but these efforts was not successful. In the end, FLIGHT investigators boarded the ferry and identified the truck that carrying illegal birds there. Investigators then reported the truck to the officers. On November 2, at 06.00 PM the truck was finally stopped at Tanjungmas Port, Banyuwangi. The team found 4960 birds stored in hundreds of boxes. The birds were then sent back to Lombok and released into the wild there. On November 2nd in Jambi, the FLIGHT Team also supported the Law Enforcement Unit of MoEF, which managed to save 520 birds from the illegal trade. The birds were released back into the wild on the same day.
As many as 3079 birds were rescued from the illegal trade through 4 rescue operations in Surabaya (East Java), Banyuwangi (East Java), Lampung (South Sumatra), and Riau (Sumatra). All of this happened in just 6 days (23-28 October). On October 23rd and 24th, FLIGHT conducted two (2) rescue operations in Banyuwangi and Surabaya, East Java. In Banyuwangi, FLIGHT managed to save 2,512 birds and in Surabaya, we managed to save 433 birds. Thousands of these birds will be smuggled from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi, East Java. On October 21st, Two (2) FLIGHT investigators went to Lombok to investigate the illegal bird trade. Lombok Island and the surrounding islands are source of illegal bird supply in bird markets in Java, especially East Java. The investigator team managed to find Two (2) warehouses containing thousands of birds belonging to two illegal traders. They have stolen these birds from the wild. On October 22nd, the team managed to find that illegal traders will smuggle thousands of birds from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi. Two (2) FLIGHT investigators based in Lombok divided the work. One investigator followed the truck that was going to smuggle birds into Banyuwangi and another followed another truck that was going to smuggle birds into Surabaya. The team then contacted the quarantine officer. On October 23rd and 24th, the trucks were finally stopped in Banyuwangi and Surabaya. The thousands of birds were then returned to Lombok and released into the wild there. […]
Monday, September 27th the same day as before, another attempt of bird smuggling successfully foiled by Pelalawan Police, and Riau Nature Conservation Agency (BBKSDA Riau) with an assist from FLIGHT. The birds that were attempted to be smuggled were 816 Bar-winged Prinia and 68 Java Sparrow. These birds were contained inside fruit boxes and brought using a car. The perpetrator was still being investigated by the police.
Earlier on Monday, September 27th 2021 SKW III Lampung Bakauheni Nature Conservation Agency and Lampung Regional Polices with an assist from FLIGHT Protecting Indonesia’s Birds successfully foiled a smuggling attempt of 4,527 wild birds. These poor birds, which including 3,270 Bar-winged Prinia, 270 Tits, 260 Javan Myna, 60 Common Flameback, 240 Sunda White-eye, 350 Maroon-bellied Sunbirds, 5 Ashy Drongo, 57 Black-naped Oriole, 15 Blue Nuthatch were already released on the same day. They were released at Wan Abdul Rahman Forest Park after undergo checkups.