Koeien, compost en bedreigde vogels

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. Het heiligdom, the only one of its kind in 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.

Voor de laatste paar jaar hebben we met behulp van Bali koeien van hoge kwaliteit mest voor compost, die op zijn beurt wordt gebruikt om zaailingen voeden onze herbebossing kwekerij. Deze zaailingen zal op een dag worden geplant om een ​​deel van de bossen Nusa Penida te herstellen, en deze bomen zal uiteindelijk zorgen voor voedsel en onderdak voor vogels van het eiland.

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 kiranagustina@gmail.com. If you can help us you will receive a special picture of your cow. You can also donate 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. Indonesië heeft 's werelds op een na hoogste aantal bedreigde vogels.

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