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Conservation aimed at saving bird from extinction

  • Syamsul Huda M. Suhari

    The Jakarta Post

Gorontalo   /   Thu, September 1 2016   /  09:50 am

Increasing threats from natural predators such as lizards — and humans too — have put Maleo birds (Macrocephalon maleo) on the brink of extinction.

Lizards often eat Maleo eggs laid in holes in the ground by the female birds, while people hunt the birds for consumption.

Given these rising threats, activists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have initiated efforts to preserve the birds, which are endemic to Sulawesi.

Conservation efforts are centered in the Hungayono conservation camp that borders the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park in Gorontalo, northern Sulawesi.

The 3-hectare conservation camp, initiated by the Wildlife Conservation Society in cooperation with the TNBNW Center, is equipped with four incubators and surrounded by hundreds of gaping holes where the Sulawesi bird can place its eggs to hatch.

“Not all the holes hold e...