As many as 12 animals belonging to the Gajah
Mungkur Dam amusement park were confiscated due to illegal
paperwork. The animals are now being temporarily held at the Natural Resource Conservation Agency
(BKSDA) at the Taru Jurug amusement park and Magelang Zoo.
The animals included a crocodile, a reindeer, a
black eagle, three peacocks, two porcupines, one cockatoo bird and three
Wonogiri’s Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports
office head, Pranoto, acknowledged that the animals did not have the
proper paperwork. He said he understood that the actions were taken as a
“Government regulation No.8/1999 stipulates
clearly states that wild animals and plants should be kept and displayed at a local
conservation agency. We don’t have a BKSDA here and that is why
were confiscated,” he said.
Local councilor, Martanto, regretted the confiscation, saying that the local administration had never brought the issue
of building its own BKSDA to the local parliament.“We should discuss this seriously and make the necessary efforts
tobuild our own BKSDA,” he said.(dic)