At March, 3rd 2016 we released two amazing animals at Besikalung temple. The first one is Pangolin (Pholidota) which we received from one of our friend. According to our friend, in the village of Megati, Tabanan Regency, pangolin poaching is happening in an alarming rates. Unfortunately, pangolin is not yet considered as a protected species. In addition, the awareness of local people is very low which make the poaching much higher. Knowing this, she bought the pangolin from the farmer and gave it straight to us. When it first arrived at Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, it was in a very good condition. It was able to adapt really well in our center. We gave it nutritional food such as insects and dried up tree barks. In just 3 months the pangolin is fit to be release in the wild again.
The second animal that we released is a Collared Scops Owl (Otus lempiji). It is only 4 month years old and its sex is still hard to determine. It was the fruit of our collaboration with the Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS). It arrived at Bali Wildlife Rescue Center (BWRC) at February, 14th 2016 in a good condition. It can fly really well and able to hunt for food after a brief training session by our staff. Mice, frogs, and insects, are its favorites diet. According to BSTS the owl was probably lost when it suddenly flew through a windows of someone house. They believe that the owl was separated from its mother and had a hard time learning how to survive.
BWRC and Friends
This rather small but meaningful activity is actually the result of a very long and intensive relationship between us (FNPF) and our friends. Months before the release, we have to look for the most suitable area for the animals. With the help from the local villagers, we found that Besikalung is the best place to do the release. The villagers here have been working with for a long time to protect the wildlife there. In addition, we also appreciate the help from our great friend, Nature Conservancy Agency (also known as BKSDA) who provide us with the necessary permits to do this release. Finally, this release would not be possible without the constant supports from our amazing friend, Humane Society International of Australia who have been helping us operate BWRC.
Anggi and Rini, 2016