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14th report – September 2016-February 2017 – Construction of environmental library, clinic equipment, release of rehabilitated slow lorises, responsible tourism and Karo culture

 

This report summarizes events that took place since September 2016 till February 2017. Here is a summary of the most significant events of last six months supplemented by many photographs.

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

All six slow lorises in the rescue and rehabilitation centre of The Kukang Rescue Program underwent sufficiently long quarantine and rehabilitation process. After these necessary months of rehabilitation, all six slow lorises were transported to the allied rehabilitation centre of SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program). In this centre, all slow lorises were given collars with radio-transmitters and as all were lucky and their teeth were not torn out, they could be released into a prearranged locality in a protected area. Thanks to the radio-collars, the slow lorises can be monitored for several months by the SOCP team. This monitoring is necessary for evaluation of success of this release.

Slow loris in the rehabilitation centre of The Kukang Rescue Program during feeding

Slow loris in the rehabilitation centre of The Kukang Rescue Program during feeding

Male slow loris before the end of rehabilitation Enrichment in the form of a leaf covered with honey

Male slow loris before the end of rehabilitation

Enrichment in the form of a leaf covered with honey

Rescue and rehabilitation centre in Sumatra

In recent months, the rescue and rehabilitation centre underwent several improvements. Entrance gate was finished, open part of the land was fenced by a solid net and a hedgerow was planted along the net. We also finished the reconstruction of the house for guests which has one shared recreation room and two separated rooms with bathrooms.

Construction of the net fence Entrance gate to the rescue centre

Construction of the net fence

Entrance gate to the rescue centre

House for guests after reconstruction Room for guests

House for guests after reconstruction

Room for guests

Thanks to the "Ostrava Zoo Run for Kukang", the clinic was equipped with an operating lamp and a centrifuge, and also transport of a microscope from the Czech Republic was payed. This microscope was donated by the Department of Husbandry and Ethology of Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. The same source of money also enabled a purchase of a new surgery set, chips and chip scanner, veterinary medicine and other veterinary products.

Operation lamp before installation Chips and chip scanner

Operation lamp before installation

Chips and chip scanner

New surgery tools Microscope with laboratory equipment

New surgery tools

Microscope with laboratory equipment

Raising awareness about illegal trade in animals and about slow loris protection

Indonesia:
At the end of 2016, we finished a series of seven awareness lectures at five selected schools in two districts, Sibolangit and Berastagi, for 340 students in total. Schools in proximity to natural environment of slow lorises and other endangered animal species were selected. Thanks to questionnaires which students filled out before and after the lecture, it could be evaluated how their knowledge and attitude to animal conservation changed after this lecture. Results can be seen further.

Lecture at the school SMP Negeri 1 Sibolangit Students during filling out the questionnaires

Lecture at the school SMP Negeri 1 Sibolangit

Students during filling out the questionnaires

Example of students´ questionnaires evaluation. Results 
show that after the lecture, most students could determine
appropriate house pets. Left columns are before and right 
ones are after the lecture. Blue columns are right answers
and red ones are wrong answers. 

Example of students´ questionnaires evaluation. Results show
that after the lecture, most students knew when slow lorises are active. Left columns are before and right ones are after the lecture. Blue columns are right answers and red ones are wrong answers.

Example of students´ questionnaires evaluation. Results show that after the lecture, most students could determine appropriate house pets. Left columns are before and right ones are after the lecture. Blue columns are right answers and red ones are wrong answers.

Example of students´ questionnaires evaluation. Results show that after the lecture, most students knew when slow lorises are active. Left columns are before and right ones are after the lecture. Blue columns are right answers and red ones are wrong answers.

At the end of 2016 thanks to the support of the Liberec Zoo, The Kukang Rescue Program took charge of a school where English and environmental lessons are taught for free. The school is located in the Bandar Baru village close to the rescue and rehabilitation centre. The school has undergone necessary reconstruction, was equipped with basic equipment and also the teaching methodology was improved. On December 17th, meeting with parents and handover of certificates for the last semester took place in the school. English and environmental classes at this school in 2016 were regularly attended by 32 pupils.

Middle-year meeting with parents Filling out and signing the final certificates

Middle-year meeting with parents

Filling out and signing the final certificates

The Kuta Buluh district is adjacent to the Leuser ecosystem which is one of the largest tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. It is also the last place on planet Earth where Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino, Sumatran tiger and Sumatran orangutan live together. The Kuta Buluh district is also an area with a wild population of the Greater slow loris. That is why The Kukang Rescue Program decided to support a local community there. The goal is to make people appreciate their natural wealth and not hunt slow lorises and dthe rescue program, i.e. the Ostrava Zoo and the Olomouc Zoo, a library focused on environmental education was built for children from the local community. The library is managed by the extern assistants of the program Jhon Kartasima Gurusinga and Rukur Kita Perangin-angin, children can borrow books donated by the green-books.org organization and The Prague British School, and English lessons led by volunteers take place there too.

Newly finished library for children in Kuta Male 
 and its two managers Jhon and Ody

Children from Kuta Male with Kukang colouring books created by the Ostrava Zoo with their teacher Johanka

Newly finished library for children in Kuta Male
and its two managers
Jhon and Ody

Children from Kuta Male with Kukang colouring books created by the Ostrava Zoo with
their teacher Johanka

Czech Republic:
The first day of October which is declared to be the World Animal Day, members of the Kukang team went to two zoological gardens. Our partner Zoo, the Liberec Zoo, prepared many interesting activities for children including Quiz trail of the Greater slow loris. The whole trail which children accomplished perfectly was ended by a Kukang stand where the children could try workshops. With help of Jitka, Bára and Kateřina, they could make their own paper slow loris masks, knitted bracelets, bead jewelleries, or paint their own original bag. Very pleasing was the interest of both the children and their parents who also wanted to learn more about the life of these primates and carefully listened to Tereza who was talking enthusiastically and answered all kinds of questions. The whole event was bejewelled by a wonderful weather and great organization by the Liberec Zoo. The second Zoo in which we celebrated the World Animal Day was the Hodonín Zoo where Eva and Lukáš came with the Kukang stand. Despite the rain accompanying the event, the celebration of animals had a nice atmosphere and many satisfied children and adult participants.

World Animal Day in the Liberec Zoo World Animal Day in the Hodonín Zoo World Animal Day in the Hodonín Zoo

World Animal Day in the Liberec Zoo

World Animal Day in the Hodonín Zoo

Also two lectures were organized. The first one was annual event "Women from Provodov in the world" where activities of young women from Provodov active abroad are presented in the picturesque village near the Zlín city. During this event on January 7th, Lucie talked in her lecture about Indonesia and The Kukang Rescue Program. People liked this idea so much that together on the spot they collected 3,000 CZK for slow lorises. František talked about the illegal animal trade during the series of lectures Caleidoscope CCBC that took place on Monday February 6th at 7:30 pm in the Langhans centre in Prague. At the same event, Petr Vančura presented the non-profit organization green-books.org which is striving to raise awareness in Indonesia about nature and sustainable lifestyle by education of children.

Lucie´s lecture in Provodov near Zlín Lectures at Caleidoscope CCBC

Lucie´s lecture in Provodov near Zlín

Lectures at Caleidoscope CCBC

Members of the Kukang team participated in several more events across the Czech Republic. Visitors of the Olomouc Zoo learned about the Kukang rescue program on October 31st during the Night of ghosts (Halloween). During November 8-9th, the Kukang stand with Jitka, Niky and Alžběta was in Prague at the third year of the TBCC conference which is focused on all aspects of conservation of tropical ecosystems´ biodiversity. Also visitors of the Christmas workshops in Liberec on November 19th could make their own bags, bracelets or have something painted on their faces. The Kukang stand with Petr appeared also at a new film festival Ekotopfilm in Žďár nad Sázavou. It was possible to get to know something about the program from Petr at the Kukang stand or at the Ostrava Zoo stand also at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague during the "Antelope, Giraffe, Hippo" conference on February 20-22nd.

In February, collection of books for two libraries run by The Kukang Rescue Program was initiated. The first one is the environmental library for children of the Kuta Male village and the second one is the library in the above-mentioned environmental school in the Bandar Baru village. The collection was focused on books written in English, ideally on a natural science topic. Collection place was the Doublé B Café in Prague 2. During this collection, The Prague British School donated several tens of books! The books were already given to both libraries and children love them.

Handover of books donated by The Prague British 
                 School to the children in Kuta Male

Handover of books donated by The Prague Britisg 
School to the children in Bandar Baru

Handover of books donated by The Prague British School to the children in Kuta Male

Handover of books donated by The Prague Britisg School to the children in Bandar Baru

Artist group ABUN (Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature) finished a poster with their drawings and paintings dedicated to support of the program with focus on the "I Am Not Your Toy!" campaign. ABUN is the group of artists from the whole world led by Kitty Harvill and her husband Christoph Hrdina. This group draws using many different methods in order to support projects focused on conservation of endangered species and their environment. These pictures are created according to photos given to the artists by the projects. The poster and individual amazing pictures will be a great education tool of the "I Am Not Your Toy!" campaign and other materials. In the following months, the campaign will be updated by drawings of the ABUN artist group but also by videos and animations, for example by Žofie Zajíčková.

I Am Not Your Toy! by ABUN member Di Roberts I Am Not Your Toy! by ABUN founder Kitty Harvill

I Am Not Your Toy! by ABUN member Di Roberts

I Am Not Your Toy! by ABUN founder Kitty Harvill

Drawing of slow loris in a cage by ABUN 
                                member Ellyn Lentz

Poster with pictures for the I Am Not Your Toy! campaign by the ABUN group

Drawing of slow loris in a cage by ABUN member Ellyn Lentz

Poster with pictures for the I Am Not Your Toy! campaign by the ABUN group

In January, other Czech tourists did not stay inactive thanks to the I Am Not Your Toy! campaign when at two touristic places of well-known Thai island Phuket, they ran into Thais offering tourists slow lorises for taking photos for money. Sufficient awareness of tourists before their holidays is a way how to reduce such cases. For this purpose, an article "Responsible tourism" was written. It can be found at http://kukang.org/en/responsible-tourism.

Tourists in Thailand often pay for photos with slow lorises Tourists in Thailand often pay for photos with slow lorises Slow lorises offered for taking photos in the Phuket island Slow lorises offered for taking photos in the Phuket island

Tourists in Thailand often pay for photos with slow lorises

Slow lorises offered for taking photos in the Phuket island

Publicity

In recent six months, our program appeared in several TV reportages and shows, in internet articles or in printed magazines. Here is a summary of these articles.

The Kukang Rescue Program in the TV show "Chcete mě" on the Czech TV (Česká televize)! (time of reportage is 0:42 - 8:08): http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/1095970013-chcete-me/216562221300038/

Reportage on the Barrandov TV in the main screening time about Lucie, our coordinator of veterinary care and welfare but also the field worker of the Olomouc Zoo (time of reportage is 18:58): http://www.barrandov.tv/video/87111-nase-zpravy-12-1-2017

Article about trade in slow lorises focused on the Czech Republic and the work of The Kukang Rescue Programu can be found here: http://ekolist.cz/cz/publicistika/priroda/outlon-jako-domaci-mazlicek-co-se-za-tim-skryva-a-je-to-vubec-legalni

Article about trade in slow lorises focused on the Czech Republic and the work of The Kukang Rescue Programu can be found here: http://ekolist.cz/cz/zpravodajstvi/zpravy/den-bez-palmoveho-oleje-se-stal-mezinarodnim-diky-ceskym-organizacim

Article from lectures within the event "Women from Provodov in the world" can be found here: http://zlin.cz/526546n-provodovjanky-ve-svete.-tri-priklady-hodne-pozornosti

Also readers of the fifth issue of the Ochrana přírody magazine could learn about The Kukang Rescue Program in the attachment on page ten. Audience of a popular Czech radio Impuls could also hear about the program on January 16th from the moderator Jan Čada.

Article in the Ochrana přírody magazine

Article in the Ochrana přírody magazine

Building the Indonesian team

Saturday November 12th was a celebration day for The Kukang Rescue Program as two events were celebrated. The first one was a traditional part of a wedding with rituals of the Karo ethnic culture. The bride was Novi, the public awareness coordinator, and her groom was Martin.

Religious part of the wedding of Novi and Martin
prior to the traditional part of the wedding

Wedding dance according to the traditional Karo culture during the wedding of Novi and her groom Martin

Religious part of the wedding of Novi
and Martin prior to the traditional
part of the wedding

Wedding dance according to the traditional Karo culture during the wedding of Novi and her groom Martin

Karo people are dominant in the area of our program´s activities and are divided into five clans (Marga) that are further divided into families (sub-Marga). Saturday was also a day when a part of our Indonesian team, František and Lucie, were accepted by local people and became members of one of the five clans. Therefore, both were given a name according to their clan – František Příbrský Bangun according to the Bangun family of the Perangin-Angin clan and Lucie Čižmářová Ginting according to the Ginting clan.

Acceptance of František and Lucie by local Karo people Newlyweds with newly accepted members of Karo community

Acceptance of František and Lucie by local Karo people

Newlyweds with newly accepted members of Karo community

Kukang team during Novi´s traditional wedding Kukang team at the wedding with traditional board „papan bunga“

Kukang team during Novi´s
traditional wedding

Kukang team at the wedding with traditional board „papan bunga“

In conclusion

During the months included in this report, several more events happened in the rescue centre in Sumatra. Since January, the whole area of the rescue centre has been situated in an earthquake epicentre which has been repeating for a few weeks in a form of smaller quakes. The strongest earthquake came on January 16th and had 5.7 degrees magnitude. Despite strong quakes, the whole team and the rescue centre are safe. Another event was termination of cooperation with the ISCP organization. The main reason for the termination of cooperation was a different approach to the rescue program leadership. All the activities of The Kukang Rescue Program in Sumatra will be implemented under the auspices of a new Indonesian organization.

For more than a year, The Kukang Rescue Program has been a member of the Czech Palm Oil Watch and on February 1st, it officially participated in an international Palm Oil Free Day declared by this coalition. Within this day, an international coalition Palm Oil Watch International was officially established.

At the very end of 2016, an association called The Kukang Rescue Program, z.s. was officially registered in the Czech Republic. The goal of this officially registered Czech non-profit organization is to financially support and coordinate conservation activities of The Kukang Rescue Program and to provide education and raise awareness.

Behind all of these activities and events stands work and effort of many volunteers, organizations and companies who all deserve a great thank you!

Lunch break of the Indonesian Kukang team Children in front of the finished environmental library

Lunch break of the Indonesian Kukang team

Children in front of the finished environmental library

We thank many donors who contributed to The Kukang Rescue Program between 31/8/2016 –28/2/2017. Our thanks belong namely to Tom Flengeris, Simon Bruslund, Jiří Klimeš, Jiří Gloser, Markéta Jariabková, Anna Bartoňová, Nikola Vošická, Ing. Roman Zajíček, Dalibor Válek, Trnkovi, Dorota Zawadová, Irma Navrátilová, Luboš Příbrský, Lenka Brožková, JAMIKA s.r.o. firm and to donors of the Women from Provodov in the World collection. Thanks belong also to the Ostrava Zoo for giving us proceeds from the Ostrava Zoo Run for Kukang.

All incomes and costs of the rescue program will be stated in the annual report.

František Příbrský
Leader of The Kukang Rescue Program
Field worker in the Ostrava Zoo


CZ - 14. report – zari 2016 - unor 2017

EN - 14. report – September 2016 - February 2017