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Bukittinggi Zoo to welcome three new species

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, August 13, 2018  /  03:30 pm
Bukittinggi Zoo to welcome three new species

A pygmy marmoset sits on a branch in this undated photograph. West Sumatra's Bukittinggi Zoo expects to soon welcome marmosets, llamas and alpacas that are to be transferred from East Java's Batu Secret Zoo. (Shutterstock/File)

Batu Secret Zoo in the East Java city of Batu is to donate a total of six animals – a pair each of llamas, alpacas and marmosets – to Kinantan Cultural and Wildlife Park (TMBK) in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Antara has reported.

The TMBK, which is also called Bukittinggi Zoo, currently has 500 species. Aside from expanding the zoo's attractions, the six new animals were also expected to help improve the zoo's conservation program.

Ikbal, the head of Bukittinggi Zoo, said that if everything proceeded as planned, the animals would arrive in Bukittinggi at the end of the year.

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He explained that animal transfers were not an easy process, as they required licenses from the local administration, the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

Bukittinggi Zoo has already gone through similar process in receiving an animal transfer from Bali Zoo. (jes/mut)