The Jakarta Post
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has received 21 yellow-crested cockatoos from the Environment and Forestry Ministry to be released into their natural habitat on Cyclops Mountains, Papua.
'We will release the birds into their natural habitat after the birds, which were kept as pets, were found in raids on various places in Jakarta. I am hoping that the birds can be gradually released into their natural habitat in Papua,' Lukas said in Jayapura on Tuesday as quoted by antaranews.com.
Enembe said many of Papua's endemic species that were protected were smuggled out of Papua and sold as pets. 'We have to protect and preserve all species endemic to Papua,' Enembe stated.
The chairman of Save Jambul Kuning shelter, Indra Exploitasia Semiawan, said his organization had been actively campaigning for the protection and conservation of the yellow-crested cockatoo. Indra said the species fell into the category of protected wildlife and should not be kept as pets.
'The yellow-crested cockatoo belongs in its habitat in the wild,' Indra stated. He also encouraged the public to hand over any yellow-crested cockatoos kept as pets to the Save Jambul Kuning shelter. According to Indra, the shelter has received 110 cockatoos that are mostly endemic to Papua. (nov/dan)(+)
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