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.
As many as 3079 birds were rescued from the illegal trade through 4 rescue operations in Surabaya (East Java), Banyuwangi (East Java), Lampung (South Sumatra), and Riau (Sumatra). All of this happened in just 6 days (23-28 October). On October 23rd and 24th, FLIGHT conducted two (2) rescue operations in Banyuwangi and Surabaya, East Java. In Banyuwangi, FLIGHT managed to save 2,512 birds and in Surabaya, we managed to save 433 birds. Thousands of these birds will be smuggled from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi, East Java. On October 21st, Two (2) FLIGHT investigators went to Lombok to investigate the illegal bird trade. Lombok Island and the surrounding islands are source of illegal bird supply in bird markets in Java, especially East Java. The investigator team managed to find Two (2) warehouses containing thousands of birds belonging to two illegal traders. They have stolen these birds from the wild. On October 22nd, the team managed to find that illegal traders will smuggle thousands of birds from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi. Two (2) FLIGHT investigators based in Lombok divided the work. One investigator followed the truck that was going to smuggle birds into Banyuwangi and another followed another truck that was going to smuggle birds into Surabaya. The team then contacted the quarantine officer. On October 23rd and 24th, the trucks were finally stopped in Banyuwangi and Surabaya. The thousands of birds were then returned to Lombok and released into the wild there. […]
Thursday, October 28th, 2021, officers of Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) with an assist from FLIGHT halted a smuggling attempt in Palas, Pekanbaru. Starting from the community report on Thursday, October 28th, 2021, around 09.00 AM, that there will be a delivery of birds originating from the coastal areas of West Sumatra through travel. BBKSDA Riau and FLIGHT immediately followed up the report by monitoring the movement of the travel. At around noon, the BBKSDA Riau and FLIGHT conducted an ambush in the Palas area, Pekanbaru. The team found 8 cardboard boxes containing birds and asked for information from the travel driver. Then the driver and the boxes were brought to the office of BBKSDA Riau altogether for more questioning. The driver informed that the bird was owned by someone from Pasaman, West Sumatra, and will be delivered to an unknown person. The driver also said that he didn’t know the bird he was carrying and only received a delivery fee of Rp.200,000,- After identification, there are 39 birds in total, of which only 37 of them are alive. Out of 39 birds, some were categorized as Protected birds, including the Blue-Winged Leafbird (Chloropsis moluccensis) and the Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati). Some are still in the process of identification. These birds were planned to be released after the identification process was done.
After a smuggling attempt earlier on October 23rd, the day after, on October 24th , FLIGHT assisted the Police and Quarantine Officers to foiled another smuggling attempt of more than 400 wild birds in Surabaya, East Java. The wild birds were known to be delivered from Lombok. They were brought using a Truck. These birds contained inside plastic and card boxes. Some of the species brought were including Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata), Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus), Mountain White-eye (Zosterops montanus), and Indonesian Honeyeaters (Lichmera limbata). Meanwhile for now, the truck, the driver and the known owner were brought by the police for more investigation.
On Saturday, October 23rd this month, FLIGHT assisted the Police and Quarantine Officers to thwart a smuggling attempt of more than 2000 wild birds in Banyuwangi, East Java. Based on the information, the wild birds were going to be delivered to Pasuruan from Lombok. They were brought using a Fuso Truck. More than 2000 birds were contained inside plastic and card boxes. Some of the species brought were including Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica), Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata), Chesnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi), Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus), Thick-billed White-eye (Heleia crassirostris), Timor Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), and Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris maxi).