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Jakarta Post

Offering freedom in flight

  • Trisha Sertori


Nusa Penida, Bali   /   Thu, July 21 2011   /  08:00 am

To freedom: Founder of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation, Bayu Wirayudha (left), with Nusa Penida vice head Ketut Suklar, prepare to release Java Sparrows into the protected environment of the island chain.Tiny Java Sparrows exploded from cardboard boxes like firecrackers; with chirps of joy they took to the blue skies over Nusa Penida Island off Bali last Sunday.

The release of the vulnerable species marked the fifth anniversary of an extraordinary conservation project that has stunned environmental law enforcers with its success.

Working with local communities across Nusa Penida, the Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) has — with funding under the Wildlife Land Trust of the Humane Society International — established a bird sanctuary across the three-island chain. Here, vulnerable and endangered species of birds are rehabilitated and released bac...