Taman Safari's animal parade pays tribute to Independence

Theresia Sufa

The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java

Jakarta, posted: Mon, August 21, 2017 | 02:08 pm

Live celebration: Zookeepers accompany a Bengal tiger during Sunday's animal parade at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java. The parade was held to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Indonesian independence. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

Thousands of visitors packed Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor, West Java, to observe and photograph the unique species that featured in an animal parade on Sunday to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Indonesian independence.

Seventy-nine animals were exhibited in the parade held on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, including tigers, elephants, several species of birds and snakes, and camels.

Taman Safari spokesperson Yulius said the animal parade was an annual event and was held not only to entertain the park's visitors, but also to encourage them to care more about animals, especially species endemic to the Indonesian archipelago.

Ahead of Independence Day, TSI announced that 54 species had been born in 2017 at its conservation center, including a Kalimantan orangutan. The park is now awaiting the birth of a calf of the Javanese wild bull, which was conceived through artificial insemination.

TSI director Jansen Manansang said that of the 54 animals comprising exotic and endemic species successfully bred at the conservation park, 16 were rare and protected species: a Komodo dragon, a Javan hawk-eagle, a lesser bird-of-paradise, a Malay tapir, Goffin’s cockatoos and Javan green magpies.

Jansen said announcing the successful breeding of these species was more special because it coincided with Independence Day. Taman Safari could thus show its contributions to developing the country through the conservation of endemic species, he added.

TSI’s conservation activities began in 1980, when it took part in efforts to mitigate elephant-human conflicts, including initiating the establishment of Indonesia’s first elephant training center in Way Kambas, Lampung. (ebf)

Up close and personal: Visitors observe elephants during the animal parade held on Aug. 19-20 at Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java. The park also announced the births of 54 animals in 2017 to coincide with Independence Day. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

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