Throughout May 2024, the FLIGHT Team recorded that there had been 21 cases of smuggling and illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia. From the data collected, more than 4,900 protected and unprotected wild animals have been rescued. Apart from live wild animals, the illegal trade in the form of 46 preserved animals and approximately 7 kg of pangolin scales was also successfully foiled. Among the animals that were rescued, 3319 (67%) were birds. Of the total number of birds confiscated, 95.96% were songbirds (Passeriformes), 3.71% were parrots (Psittaciformes), and 0.33% were birds of prey (Falconiformes). Most of the rescued birds are endemic Indonesian birds, which have protected status and whose existence is increasingly threatened in their habitat.

Songbirds (passeriformes) are most often confiscated in the western region of Indonesia, especially the island of Sumatra, which has the Bakauheni port in Lampung, which is a gateway or main trade route. Meanwhile, the majority of parrots (Psittaciformes) are endemic birds to eastern Indonesia, so most confiscations occur in the Sulawesi and Papua regions.

Indonesia has regulations that prohibit capturing, injuring, killing, keeping, possessing, maintaining, transporting, and trading in live protected animals under Law No. 5 of 1990, with the consequence of a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to IDR 100,000,000 100,000,000,-  for violators.

Rescue of 1 individual orangutan from illegal wildlife trade in Aceh on May 30th