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Jakarta Post

Samuel Rabenak: From fascination to preservation

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 8 2012   /  10:27 am

JP/Markus MakurThe beautiful voices of various birds in Southwest Sumba and in the Mbeliling forest in West Manggarai, Flores, fascinated the man and later prompted him to delve into bird life and engage in the preservation of species of birds in the province.

The man is Samuel Rabenak, 42, who worked for three years as a local guide at the Merlin Hotel and Sandalwood Hotel in Waingapu, East Sumba, starting in 1995 and became the assistant manager at the Sandalwood Hotel thereafter, spurring his interest in Southwest Sumba’s tourist areas, particularly those with endemic birds.

His determination to help promote the least developed province through developing its tourism potential encouraged Samuel to immerse himself in learning everything about local birds from books, experts and through practical experience in different forests.

“Now with a lot more knowledge o...