Sapi, kompos dan burung yang terancam punah

Curious to know how half a Bali cow can save an endangered bird?

photo credit James McKay

We want to increase the number of cows on the Balinese island of Nusa Penida, the home of our Bali Bird Sanctuary. Kudus, satu-satunya dari jenisnya di Indonesia, provides a haven from poachers and wildlife traders where we rehabilitate and release ex-captive endemic birds, including the Bali starling, one of the world’s most endangered birds.

Selama beberapa tahun terakhir kita telah menggunakan sapi Bali untuk menghasilkan kualitas tinggi pupuk kompos, yang pada gilirannya digunakan untuk memelihara bibit di pembibitan reboisasi kami. Bibit ini suatu hari akan ditanam untuk mengembalikan beberapa hutan Nusa Penida, dan pohon-pohon ini akhirnya akan menyediakan makanan dan tempat tinggal bagi burung-burung di pulau itu.

Using cow manure as compost is proving to be a great success, but we need more cows to keep this success going. We currently have two cows. One of our cows is pregnant for a second time, which gives us hope that this project can continue and grow for many years to come.

A donation of Rp 1,500,000 (approximately US$150) will buy half a cow. You can of course buy an entire cow instead. Anyone keen to make a contribution to this project can call Kirana on 0361 9777978 or email If you can help us you will receive a special picture of your cow. You can also menyumbangkan via our website.

An added bonus with this project is that the cows also bred and their calves can be sold to provide extra income to FNPF, to support our conservation projects on the Nusa Penida, and also to the farmers who have helped us raise them. We recently sold our first calf for Rp 4 million (US$400), with half the proceeds going to the farmer.

Please help us boost the cow population on Nusa Penida, which will help Indonesia’s native wildlifeincluding the Bali starling and Java sparrowto flourish and survive. Indonesia memiliki jumlah tertinggi kedua di dunia burung yang terancam punah.

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