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Indonesia repatriates 91 smuggled animals from Philippines

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Dusky pademelon or dusky wallaby.(Shutterstock/Craig Russell)

Ninety-one endangered animals endemic to Indonesia that had been smuggled to the Philippines have returned to their home country. Comprising reptiles, mammals and birds, such as wallabies, cassowaries and Papuan blyth’s hornbills, the animals arrived at Bitung Port in North Sulawesi on Thursday morning. Environment and Forestry Ministry law enforcement director general Rasio Ridho Sani, Bitung Mayor Maximilian J. Lomban and North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA) head Noel Layuk Allo welcomed them upon their return home. “The animals will stay at the Tasikosi Animal Rescue Center in Bitung before eventually being released in their natural habitats,” the ministry’s law enforcement directorate general spokesperson, Dodi Kurniawan, said in a statement. Philippine authorities had confiscated the trafficked animals, which are considered endang...