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Bali launches starling breeding program

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, June 3 2011   /  08:00 am

Bali has launched a breeding program to increase the population of the endangered Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) in West Bali National Park in Jembrana regency on the western tip of the island.

The program, called “breeding loan”, involves 12 breeders from nearby Sumber Klampok village, who each received 30 starlings — 15 male and 15 female — from the Association of Starling Conservationists (APCB) from Bogor, West Java.

To join the program the breeders were required to put up a cow each as collateral in case all the birds died. In such an event, a breeder would owe the APCB one cow.

If successful, the breeders are obliged to release 10 percent of the brood into the national park, but would own the other 90 percent to sell off privately.

Governor Made Mangku Pastika officially launched the program on Thursday, but the breeding began a few weeks ...