Papua KSDA Center Receives Translocation of 46 Birds from Papua

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PAPUADAILY –In commemoration of World Environment Day and Road to National Nature Conservation Day 2021, the Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) received a translocation of 46 birds from 10 species of aves (1/7/2021). The animals came from the Central Java KSDA Center and the East Java KSDA Center.

The types of animals from the Central Java KSDA Center are four chef’s cockatoos (Cacatua Galerita), one Mambruk Victoria (Goura victoria), and two double-wrapped Cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius). Meanwhile, the types of animals from the East Java KSDA Center are twelve chef’s cockatoos (Cacatua galleryta), one Mambruk victoria (Goura victoria), one double gelambir cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), one honeysuckle kepodang (Gavicalis versicolor), five southern Pitohui (Pitohui uropygialis), one rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), one parrot king of Papua (Aprosmictus erythropterus), one king cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), fifteen black-headed Kasturi (Lorius lory), and one tail Papuan butcher (Cracticus cassicus).

When they arrived in Jayapura, all the animals were observed to be in good health. Before the animals were dispatched to Jayapura, the Papua BBKSDA had received the results of avian influenza (bird flu) and serological PCR tests, both from the Central Java KSDA Center and the East Java KSDA Center. All animals tested negative for the avian influenza virus.

The translocated animals are currently being cared for in the Buper Waena Transit Cage, and will be regularly checked for health by veterinarians, and will be released immediately after the habituation process and PCR tests. The maximum time span is one month since the animals arrived at the Transit Cage.

As a joint commitment in supervising and controlling the circulation of wild plants and animals, the Head of the Papua KSDA Center, Edward Sembiring, expressed his gratitude to the Head of the Central Java KSDA Center and the East Java KSDA Headquarters.

“Working in the field of conservation is like Noah, who saved animals for their sustainability in the future. In this case we are working for God. Although there are still violations related to these wild plants and animals, I hope that the commitment of various parties will continue and be stronger in the future,” said Edward.

Edward also expressed his deepest gratitude to the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, as well as the Director of Biodiversity Conservation for their full support through the national-scale animal release program.

“There are so many parties involved and supporting this translocation process, which I cannot mention one by one. I thank everyone. It is hoped that in the future, illegal acts against protected animals will no longer occur, or at least decrease and continue to decrease. To achieve this, continuous synergy of all parties is needed,” he added.

In addition, Edward also conveyed a stern warning to all parties, “Stop bringing Papuan endemic animals outside Papua! Because the impact is very complex. We see that the translocation process like this requires a lot of energy, thought, and money. Not to mention the influence of these animals in nature, each of which has an important role. Let’s protect TSL Papua for a life that is in harmony with nature. Save Papua’s endemic animals before they become memories!” he said.

Based on the Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry Number: P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/12/2018 concerning Protected Types of Plants and Animals, translocated animals are protected by law, except southern Pitohui, Suck honey kepodang, and Butcher Papua.

Tracing the origin of the animals, the Head of Central Java KSDA, Darmanto, stated that the seven translocated animals were handed over from the community. “This is a form of community participation to help the government in animal conservation efforts. People need to get the greatest appreciation,” he said.

On the same occasion, Plt. The head of the East Java KSDA Center, Asep Sugiharta, explained that the twenty-five animals that were translocated were the result of confiscations by law enforcement officials, namely the Center for Security and Enforcement of Environmental and Forestry Law (BPPHLHK) for the Jabalnusra Region, Surabaya Police, Sidoarjo Police, Bangkalan Police, and the Surabaya Agricultural Quarantine Center. While the other fourteen tails are voluntary submissions from the community to the East Java KSDA Center for the period 2019-2021.

“The return of endemic Papuan animals to Papua Island is part of the East Java BBKSDA’s commitment to continue to save animals resulting from law enforcement and voluntary submission of the community in East Java Province. This is also part of the socialization and education for all parties to be jointly involved in saving wildlife,” he said.

In the ceremonial reception of these animals, representatives of the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service were present, representatives of the Jayapura Class I Agricultural Quarantine Center, representatives of the Fish Quarantine Center, Quality Control and Safety of Fishery Products in Jayapura, Head of Region III Jayapura at BPPHLHK for Maluku Papua Region, representatives of the Investigation Department. Special Criminals from the Papuan Regional Police, representatives of the Military Police of the Cenderawasih Military Command XVII, the Head of the UPT KLHK for the Papua Province, and Echelon III and IV Structural Officials of the Papua KSDA Center.