The wild birds of Indonesia are experiencing a wildlife trade-driven population crisis. To meet the huge demand from bird markets, especially those on Java island, poaching and smuggling of wild birds are now rife. Birds are even captured from protected areas.

Millions of birds have been trapped and taken into the city, locked up in small cages in people’s houses, all to hear a bird sing. A lot of birds dies during capture, transport, and in cages.

Our investigations also have confirmed that many wild bird traders are implicated in the illegal trade and smuggling of another species. Therefore, while FLIGHT is primarily focused to saving wild birds, investigations have also supported the rescue of other protected species such as agile gibbons, slow loris, Wallaby and Malay pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade.

Since our establishment in February 2018 until our fourth year, we have saved more than 150 thousand songbirds in Sumatra, Bali and Lombok. Since our fifth year, we have expanded our commitment to saving other wild bird species throughout Indonesia, including wild bird populations in Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.