The Jakarta Post
Homegrown agricultural (agritech) technology firm TaniHub Group has donated animal feed to Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor, West Java as concerns were raised over animal welfare after the zoo was closed to the public amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
TSI is the first of several private zoos and conservation centers across the country to have received supplies of animal feed from the agritech company.
TaniHub Group president Pamitra Wineka said the company was committed to alleviating some of the burden placed on TSI to maintain the well-being of various fauna amid the major economic downturn.
“We are very supportive of TSI’s [initiatives], especially its scientific research and animal re-population efforts,” Pamitra said in a statement on Monday.
The firm donated 200 kilograms of chicken and 1,300 kg of fruits and vegetables to the zoo on Thursday.
TaniSupply director Sariyo said members of the public would soon be able to contribute to the donation campaign through the TaniHub mobile app.
“We are preparing a special section on the TaniHub app dedicated to animal feed donations. It will be launched soon,” he said.
According to a survey conducted by the Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBS), 92 percent of the association’s members in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo had stocks to feed their animals only until mid-May.
TSI, which is notable for its collection of carnivorous animals, previously attempted to compensate for supply shortages by reducing the amount given to the animals and altering the composition of the feed.