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Jakarta Post

Bali starling breeding center opened

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2011   /  07:59 am

A breeding center for the endangered Bali starling was officially inaugurated by the conservation organization Begawan Foundation in Sibang, Badung regency on Tuesday.

Located inside the Green School area, the breeding center is now accommodating 73 starlings.

Twenty of the birds were collected by Koelner Zoo in Germany from various zoos in Europe, and another three came from Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.

Brought to Bali several months ago, the total of 23 birds from Germany and Singapore will be used purely for breeding progeny for a future release program in Bali.

“We aim to breed the birds by combining the birds we brought from Germany and Singapore, with the birds that were already at the breeding center, so that we can improve their genetic diversity,” said Bradley T. Gardner, founder of the Begawan Foundation.

“We will then release the of...