Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry together with Bangka Belitung Islands Regional Police, Director General of Law Enforcement, and Deputy Governor of Bangka Belitung released 2 pairs of White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) to the Munjang Mangrove Protected Forest Area on Monday, 24th May 2021.
The 4 individuals of sea eagle named Gab, Bek, Par, and Pad was given from Gabek, Pangkal Pinang and Parit Padang, and Sungailuat residents from the Bangka Belitung Islands Province.
White-bellied sea eagle was listed as a protected species from the Regulation of Ministry of Environment and Forestry Number P.106/Menlhk/Setjen/Kum.1/12/2018. Their distribution ranged from Karimun Jawa Islands, Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, Kalimantan, Java, to Maratua Island.
Before the release, the 4 white-bellied sea eagle were going through an 18-month rehabilitation at the Animal Rescue Center and also habituation process for one month at the release site. Hence, the species were released after declared healthy and eligible for release based on Animal Health Letter Number 029/SKL-SKKH/LK-PPS/IV/2021.
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