March has just gone halfway, but within 9 days (9th-17th) of this month, there are already more than 4,000 wild birds of various species rescued from smuggling attempts. Most of these occur in Lampung, Sumatra. Starting from March 9th, Information collected by FLIGHT led to the rescue of 36 Ornate Lorikeet (Trichoglossus ornatus) from illegal wildlife trade by South Sulawesi BKSDA in Makassar. 2 days after, precisely on 11th March, the Lampung Police and Lampung Nature Conservation Agency successfully foiled a smuggling attempt of more than 2000 Bar-winged Prinias with an assist from FLIGHT. The birds were contained inside 69 plastic containers and brought using a car. It was known that these birds were planned to deliver to Lampung from Jambi. All of the birds were already released to the Wan Abdul Rachman Grand Forest Park (Tahura WAR). The third rescue also occurred in Lampung, where more than 300 wild birds were successfully thwarted by the team of Central Lampung Police, SKW III Lampung Nature Conservation Agency, and also an assist from FLIGHT on Monday, 14th March. The birds include Drongo, Tit-babblers, Common Iora, Sunbirds, White-eyes, Bar-winged Prinia, Blue-masked Leafbirds, and Pied Fantails. These birds were found inside 7 plastic containers and 1 card box. They were brought by a Pahala Kencana bus. Based on the driver’s statement, these birds came from Way Kanan Lampung and planned to be delivered to Serang, Banten, West Java. These birds were also released at the Tahura WAR Area. The latest one happened exactly 3 days […]
Earlier on Thursday, February 3rd, Mataram Agricultural Quarantine and FLIGHT conducted a Focus Group Discussion and/or socialization regarding regulations of Plant and Wildlife traffic (TSL) to relevant agencies, vary from governmental, as well as wildlife activists. The socialization was done as a result of rampant traffic of plants and wildlife that still doesn’t meet the requirements of the regulations. Starting with an opening from the Mataram Agricultural Quarantine, implying that the quarantine regulations serve to prevent the entry, exit, and the spread of animal and plant diseases. Hence, people must follow the procedure and fulfill the requirements. The West Nusa Tenggara Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA), also stated that Indonesia got a rich diversity in plants and wildlife so if we want to utilize it, we need to do it in a sustainable way. The state has regulated the use of plants and wildlife. The discussion also mention the need of support from the Police, Military forces, and other institutions in law enforcement against violations of Agricultural Commodity Traffic, escorting and guarding the country from threats that cause losses. After the discussion ended, FLIGHT Communication Director, Nabila Fatma, presented a plaque of appreciation to drh. Arinaung Siregar M.Si, Head of the Mataram Agricultural Quarantine for the implementation of the Socialization of Regulations of Plants and Animals Traffic (TSL).
On Wednesday, February 2nd, a team of Lampung SKW III, Terbanggi Besar Polices, and also assist from FLIGHT successfully thwarted a smuggling attempt of 712 wild birds in Central Lampung. The birds were planned to be delivered to Bandung. They were contained inside 17 plastic containers and 1 small card box. The species of the bird are vary, some of them are Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata), White-eyes, Blue-masked Leafbirds (Chloropsis venusta), etc. These birds were brought by a bus, with Rahmat as a driver. The driver was still being questioned by the police. It was known that he’s going to send the birds to Bandung with a total price of Rp 1.700.000,- Most of the birds (696 of them), which are the one that’s not included in the Protected Species List were immediately released on the next day. They were released in Wan Abdul Rahman Grand Forest Park (TAHURA WAR) after undergoes some check-ups. Meanwhile, the protected Blue-masked Leafbirds were for now being monitored and rehabilitated at the Lampung Animal Rescue Centre of SKW III Lampung Bengkulu Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA).
On the night of Monday, December 14th, 2021, the Lampung Naval Military Police, Bakauheni Port Area Sector Police (KSKP), Lampung Agricultural Quarantine, Lampung Nature Conservation Agency and also FLIGHT as an assistance conducted joint patrols to prevent smuggling and/or trafficking of wildlife in Bakauheni Port, Lampung. At around 11 PM, the team stopped an EFA Star bus with a license plate number BG 7073 OL which came from Palembang, South Sumatra with Bandung, West Java as the destination. The team found 22 wild birds contained inside card boxes which were planned to be smuggled. The 22 birds were consisted of 12 Blue-winged Leafbirds, 9 Asian Glossy Starlings, and 1 Black-crested Bulbul. The team were then rescued the birds and released the birds back into the wild after they were confirmed healthy on the next day.
As many as 1,729 wild birds of various species were successfully rescued from a smuggling attempt on Saturday, 4th December of 2021. The smuggling attempt was foiled in Lampung by the Lampung Police and Lampung Nature Conservation Agency, with assistance from FLIGHT. These birds were planned to be smuggled to Jambi, Sumatra, and were brought using a car. The 1,729 birds consisted of 1000 Prinias, 250 Tits, 400 Javan Myna, 40 Woodpeckers, 9 Orioles, and 30 Spectacled Laughingthrush. All the birds were immediately handed over to the Lampung Nature Conservation Agency and released afterwards.