On 2 December, FLIGHT assisted the South Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency to release 10 red knobbed hornbills into the wild. These hornbills are victims of illegal trade. They were rescued at the Tanjung Perak Seaport, Surabaya when they were about to be smuggled to East Java from Sulawesi. Officers assisted by FLIGHT staff found the hornbills trapped in small boxes hidden in the truck. The hornbills are then sent to an rescue center managed by the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency for treatment. After confirming that they are healthy, the hornbills are then translocated to to Sulawesi as its native area and released into the wild. The knobbed hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix), also known as Sulawesi wrinkled hornbill, is a colourful hornbill native to Indonesia. The knobbed hornbill is the faunal symbol of South Sulawesi province. As with other hornbills, the knobbed hornbill is believed to be monogamous. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, but it will also take insects and small vertebrates. Knobbed hornbills are important seed dispersers in their habitat and influence the initial fate of seeds of several tropical forest tree species. The species is currently classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. Despite being locally very common, they are threatened by habitat destruction from logging (since they depend on large and mature trees for breeding) and to some extent by hunting.
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 […]
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).
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.
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 […]