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 […]
On November 1st, FLIGHT investigator on Lombok Island received information that there would be an attempt to smuggle thousands of birds from Lombok Island to Banyuwangi, East Java. Information received by investigators is that a truck carrying birds will depart from Gilimas Port, Lombok to Tanjungmas Port, Banyuwangi, East Java and the ferry will depart on November 2 at 05.00 AM from Gilimas Port and is planned to arrive at 06.00 PM on the same day at Tanjungmas port, Banyuwangi. At 10:00 PM, the FLIGHT investigator went to Gilimas Port, Lombok to find a truck that carrying illegal birds. The investigator tried to stop the truck before they left Lombok Island, but these efforts was not successful. In the end, FLIGHT investigators boarded the ferry and identified the truck that carrying illegal birds there. Investigators then reported the truck to the officers. On November 2, at 06.00 PM the truck was finally stopped at Tanjungmas Port, Banyuwangi. The team found 4960 birds stored in hundreds of boxes. The birds were then sent back to Lombok and released into the wild there. On November 2nd in Jambi, the FLIGHT Team also supported the Law Enforcement Unit of MoEF, which managed to save 520 birds from the illegal trade. The birds were released back into the wild on the same day.