12 Smuggled Animals are Given Back to Papuan Forests

goodmorningpapua.com – The Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) gives 12 animals back to their natural habitats in the Isyo customary forest, Rhepang Muaif, Nimbokrang District, Jayapura Regency, Papua, Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The released animals consisted of two small yellow bird of paradise (Paradisaea minor) handed by the  BKSDA of Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and two king cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus) handed by the Jakarta BKSDA.

Then five black-headed cassowaries (Lorius lory) were handed by the BKSDA of Jakarta, one dark parrot (Pseudeos fuscata) were handed over from the Jakarta BKSDA, and two single-wrapped cassowaries (Casuarius unappendiculatus) were handed over from the people in Jayapura.

The head of the Papua BBKSDA, Edward Sembiring, said that all the released animals were protected by law based on the LHK Ministerial Regulation No. P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/12/2018 concerning Protected Plant and Animal Species.

Meanwhile, based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, all of these animals have the Least Concern/LC (low risk) status, and are included in Appendix II of CITES, except for the king cockatoo which is included in Appendix I. Sembiring explained, the Papuan BBKSDA has determined the release location in accordance with the animal distribution area.  The twelve aves were released into the Isyo customary forest, Rhepang Muaif, Nimbokrang District, Jayapura Regency.

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