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Jakarta Post

Daud Badu: A savior of maleo birds

  • Syamsul Huda M.Suhari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1 2013   /  01:09 pm

JP/Syamsul Huda M.SuhariHe was moving agilely through coastal shrubberies on a cloudy hot day. After a while, he halted and promptly scooped out a heap of sand with his bare hands. From a depth of 40 centimeters, he took out two eggs slightly bigger than chicken eggs.

“The eggs belong to gosong birds [Megapodiidae]. I’ve just hatched them,” said Daud Badu, 53. The lean and dark-skinned man is a wild animal breeder in Panua Nature Reserve, Pohuwato regency, Gorontalo, a conservation zone for various wildlife species like turtles and maleo (Macrocephalon maleo),
Sulawesi’s endemic and shy birds.

Every morning and afternoon, he is in charge of finding the eggs of protected maleo in the zone, marking them before being moved and hatched in artificial nests so as to prevent them from being preyed upon by predators like snakes, boars or lizards.

In fact, it is n...