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Jakarta Post

A hornbill and tiger expedition

  • Stefanus Akim


Pontianak, West Kalimantan   /   Tue, October 16 2012   /  11:43 am

Environmental activists on the Kepak Sayap Enggang–Tur mata harimau seri Kalimantan (hornbill and tiger expedition for forest rescue in Kalimantan) explored a number of forests in three provinces of Kalimantan for almost two weeks in September.

Going by trail motorbikes, they traveled across the jungles of South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan from Sept. 14 to 28, some dressed in black-striped yellow and others in black, imitating the colors of Sumatra tigers and Kalimantan hornbills.

This rescue campaign was seen by environmentalists as well-timed in view of the frequent attempts to smuggle the beaks of enggang gading or white-beaked hornbills (Buceros/rhinoplax vigil) from Pontianak, West Kalimantan, to mainland China.

On Sept. 26, for instance, 73 hornbill beaks were found in an examination at Supadio Airport. On Aug. 9, airport personnel and...