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12. report – February/March 2016 – Memorandum of understanding with BBKSDA North Sumatra and first confiscated slow lorises

 

February and March can be considered very successful and active months. We signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the governmental agency BBKSDA North Sumatra that includes several points about our cooperation on progress in improvement of the current situation of the illegal trade in slow lorises in Sumatra. We also confiscated and accepted first slow lorises, we gained a grant on educational activities from The Rufford Foundation, and many more. Here is a summary of the most important events of the last two months, also with many photographs.

Cooperation with local governmental agency on enforcement of laws for slow loris protection

On March 8th, our non-profit organization Indonesian Species Conservation Program (ISCP) on behalf of the executive director Rudianto Sembiring officially signed an agreement on cooperation on enforcement of laws for slow loris protection with the local governmental agency BBKSDA North Sumatra (The Natural Resources Conservation Agency). This agreement includes an authorization for The Kukang Rescue Program to:

  • rescue, rehabilitate and release Greater slow lorises
  • monitor released and wild Greater slow lorises
  • cooperate with Indonesian authorities on better enforcement of laws against the illegal trade in Greater slow lorises
  • organize awareness-raising and educational events
  • build an Indonesian team that will deal with most of the conservation activities related to slow lorises
Signing of the agreement on cooperation with BBKSDA North Sumatra

Signing of the agreement on cooperation with BBKSDA North Sumatra

Confiscation and the first slow lorises in our centre

Immediately after the completion of all necessary documents, our centre received the first slow lorises. Currently, there are four individuals in the centre. Two of them got to the centre thanks to the educational activities after they had been kept in a small bird cage in front of a farmers´ house for several years. We received one of the lorises from BBKSDA North Sumatra (The Natural Resources Conservation Agency) after its former owner gave it voluntarily to the agency. The last slow loris was confiscated directly by The Kukang Rescue Program team together with BBKSDA North Sumatra, concretely with their SPORC unit (Forest Police Rapid Response Unit), and with a non-profit organization The Scorpion Foundation in the Balige city near the Toba lake, a popular tourist destination. The confiscated mother with her young had been kept in front of a café of their former owner who had been offering them for sale. The lorises had been fed very unsuitable diet consisting for example of fried bananas, sweet palm milk (used to make palm wine), so called “tuak nira“, and sweet tea. Both confiscated slow lorises were in bad condition, and especially the young, named Bulan (“moon“ in Indonesian language) by its former owners, was already in critical state. Despite maximum efforts of our rescue team, this baby died soon after its confiscation. Autopsy showed that the young had been in really critical physical condition, had hepatitis and ulcers in the intestine. Long-term stress, conditions in which they were kept, and a very poor diet were evaluated as the causes of this condition.

It is not unusual that people buying slow lorises do not have any idea about their natural diet and physiology. In such conditions, animals taken from the wild sooner or later die. Young animals are even more vulnerable to these conditions than adults, and in most cases they die after their trapping.

All four slow lorises have been moved to the quarantine where their rehabilitation process begins. In an ideal case, this rehabilitation process will end with their release back into the wild.

Gerhana´s home for last two years Mother and her apathetic young before confiscation

Gerhana´s home for last two years

Mother and her apathetic young before confiscation

The Kukang Rescue team, SPORC members and The Scorpion Foundation during confiscation of slow lorises in the Balige city Confiscation of the baby „Bulan“

The Kukang Rescue team, SPORC members and The Scorpion Foundation during confiscation of slow lorises in the Balige city

Confiscation of the baby „Bulan“

Janička´s dental examination Majda in the quarantine

Janička´s dental examination

Majda in the quarantine

Rescue and rehabilitation centre in Sumatra

Because our awareness-raising activities have considerably expanded, The Kukang Rescue Program has had a new coordinator of awareness-raising activities since February and her name is Novithasari Bangun. Main purpose of her work is organization of lectures at local schools, awareness-raising events at public places, also coordination of the anti-conflict team and other activities. Novi is communicative, enjoys working with people, understands the mentality of people living in our targeted locations and has participated for several years in ISCP in children education with focus on nature conservation.

Novi, the coordinator of awareness-raising events

Novi, the coordinator of awareness-raising events

Raising awareness about the illegal trade in animals and protection of slow lorises

We have managed to receive again a grant from The Rufford Foundation from England. The grant was written for the purpose of educational activities which are much needed in Sumatra. The grant title is: Conservation action plan to raise awareness about the illegal trade in Nycticebus spp. in the North Sumatra province. Purpose of our educational activities for this year are mainly lectures at schools near the rescue and rehabilitation centre, awareness-raising events at public places, work with farmers living on the border with forests, and construction of the first part of the educational part of our rescue centre. Included is also training of Indonesian employees and seminar at BBKSDA North Sumatra in Medan, which will aim to strengthen relationships and set up further plan on enforcement of laws for slow loris protection.

Rufford small grants foundation

With regard to the support received by The Rufford Foundation, we immediately started developing our plans. Novi organized several more expeditions of the anti-conflict team. In February and March, we visited a few localities where farmers live and work directly on the border of a protected area. Farms of these people are often visited by wild animals destroying their farm crops. The goal of the anti-conflict team is to prevent conflicts between farmers, slow lorises and other wild animals. In last two months, our team visited the Berastagi area, specifically Tongkoh area, known as an agricultural locality. The team further focused on a village of Kuta Male bordering the protected area of the Gunung Leuser ecosystem, and visited also an area neighbouring with protected Cagar Alam forest near the rescue and rehabilitation centre. In all the cases, we gained support of local mayors. In Rajah Berneh, we and its mayor even placed an informative sign about the illegality of hunting protected animal species. This sign also points to possible sanctions for violation of this law and is located in a strategic place where endangered species such as slow lorises, pangolins, hornbills and more are often hunted. The same sign has been also placed at the entrance to our rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Discussion with farmers in Rajah Berneh about their problems with wild animals Terka explaining to the children of farmers what a slow loris is

Discussion with farmers in Rajah Berneh about their problems with wild animals

Terka explaining to the children of farmers what a slow loris is

Kaban and Odi filling out questionnaires with a farmer in Kuta Male Novi, Markéta and Jitka with a farmer in Kuta Male who has just joined „slow loris defenders“

Kaban and Odi filling out questionnaires with a farmer in Kuta Male

Novi, Markéta and Jitka with a farmer in Kuta Male who has just joined „slow loris defenders“

English class for children in Kuta Male Placement of informative sign near the famous Sibayak volcano

English class for children in Kuta Male

Placement of informative sign near the famous Sibayak volcano

In February, a group called ABUN (Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature) started to support The Kukang Rescue Program by its artwork, with focus on the "I Am Not Your Toy!" campaign.

ABUN is a group of artists from the whole world under the leadership of Kitty Harvill and her husband Christoph Hrdina. This group draws pictures using various techniques in order to support projects focused on protection of endangered species and their natural environment. These pictures are created according to photos provided by the projects. Their amazing artwork will be perfect educational tool of the "I Am Not Your Toy!" campaign and of other materials that we are about to gradually create and publish.

Originální fotografie Lucie Čižmářové a kresba členky skupiny ABUN Marion Schön Original photograph taken by Lucie Čižmářová and a drawing made by ABUN group member Marion Schön

Original photograph taken by Lucie Čižmářová and a drawing made by ABUN group member Marion Schön

The Kukang Rescue Program has also gained support of the new campaign called “Neotáčej se zády“. This campaign is led by Alena Skálová with help of server www.mameradizvirata.com. The goal is to support Czech-Indonesian projects focused on conservation of nature in Indonesia. The Kukang Rescue Program has been supported in form of raising awareness and sale of promotional items on the topic of destruction of tropical rainforests. Part of the gained financial resources will be donated to the conservation of slow lorises in Sumatra.

mameradizvirata.com

Publicity

In recent two months, our project appeared also in several articles on the internet or at the traveling exhibition of the Ostrava Zoo at chosen Czech train stations.

Journals like Moravskoslezský, Bruntálský and Krnovský, Karvinský and Havířovský, Novojičínský, Opavský and Hlučínský, and Frýdecko-Místecký and Třinecký together with the Ostrava Zoo have issued an article about protection of slow lorises and the "I Am Not Your Toy!" campaign. You can find the whole article for example here: http://moravskoslezsky.denik.cz/zpravy_region/ostravska-zoo-bojuje-proti-nelegalnimu-obchodu-s-outloni-20160301.html

From April to July, you have the opportunity to see a traveling exhibition at four chosen train stations in the Moravian-Silesian Region informing about conservation projects in which the Ostrava Zoo has participated. The Kukang Rescue Program is not missing there. You can find more information here:
http://www.cd.cz/zazitky/kam-na-vylet/1475-jak-ostravska-zoo-pomaha-chranit-zvirata

Thanks to the travellers from the well-known group “Trabantem napříč kontinenty“ (“In trabant across the continents“) led by Dan Přibáň, you could read about the problems of slow lorises and about our rescue program on the ekolist.cz or autoperiskop.cz servers. The filmmakers have cooperated with the Coalition against palm oil and called for the support of the Greater slow loris protection. Complete articles can be found here: http://ekolist.cz/cz/zpravodajstvi/zpravy/cestovatele-v-trabantech-podporili-zachranu-outlonu-roztomile-primaty-ohrozuje-vysadba-palem-olejnych
http://autoperiskop.cz/do-ceskych-kin-vstupuje-film-dana-pribane-trabantem-do-posledniho-dechu-o-doposud-nejnarocnejsi-pulrocni-expedici-tohoto-cestovatele/

Shortly after the confiscation of the slow lorises in the Balige city, our rescue and rehabilitation centre was visited by successful Indonesian photographer Albert Ivan Santoso Damanik. During a veterinary examination of the confiscated female, he took a series of photographs. Theguardian.com and Italian server quotidiano.net have already published short articles based on those photos. Complete articles can be found here:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2016/apr/01/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures
http://www.quotidiano.net/animali/foto/animali-loris-1.2015295

In conclusion

Finally, we would like to thank Eva Vozabulová, her helpers, restaurant Pod Vobrazem in Kladno, and Šroub and Jarda, Nemístné návrhy a Pyré bands for „Beneficial concert for slow lorises“, that took place on February 6th in the Pod Vobrazem restaurant in Kladno. Our thanks belong also to Denisa Mikešová and the city of Český Dub for „Rainforest film festival“ that took place on Saturday March 12th in the cinema in Český Dub. Thank you belongs also to NWT Energy company, Jana Kanichová, and all others, who have been and still are financially supporting us. We also thank everyone who has done a great work for slow loris protection in last months!

Posters of the beneficial concert and Rainforest film festival Posters of the beneficial concert and Rainforest film festival Opening of the Rainforest film festival

Posters of the beneficial concert and Rainforest film festival

Opening of the Rainforest film festival

Wozina with band at the Beneficial concert for slow lorises Volunteers at the Beneficial concert for slow lorises

Wozina with band at the Beneficial concert for slow lorises

Volunteers at the Beneficial concert for slow lorises

František Příbrský
The Kukang Rescue Program coordinator
Field worker of Ostrava Zoo


Kukang account balance


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