FLIGHT and quarantines authorities at Bakaheuni port will jointly patrol to prevent smuggling of wild birds

From 23 May 2018, FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia’s Birds and  quarantine authorities at Bakaheuni port in Lampung, southern Sumatra, will jointly patrol the port to prevent smuggling of wildlife, especially wild birds, from Sumatra to Java. Bakauheni is a strategic port, connecting Sumatra and Java in the southern part of Lampung province. Our investigations have found that this port is a key transportation route for smuggling wildlife between Sumatra and Java Island. We estimate that from 2009 to 2010, more than 14,000 birds were smuggled through Bakaheuni port.  The year 2016 witnessed huge numbers of bird seizures, with thousands of illegal birds being confiscated. Wildlife is smuggled using buses, trucks and private vehicles.