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21 cockatoos to be freed at Cyclops Mountains in Papua

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  /   Wed, November 25, 2015   /  09:07 am
21 cockatoos to be freed at Cyclops Mountains in Papua (Antara/Indrayadi) (Antara/Indrayadi)

(Antara/Indrayadi)

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.

'€œWe 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. '€œWe 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.

'€œThe 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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