News About The Status of Salmon-Crested Cockatoos on Seram Island, Indonesia

News About The Status of Salmon-Crested Cockatoos on Seram Island, Indonesia

May 6, 2012

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

by Stewart Metz, M.D. Director, Indonesian Parrot Project

THE GOOD

KEMBALI BEBAS REHAB & RELEASE CENTER REMAINS SUCCESSFUL!

The facility is located near Masihulan village, which is on the fringe of Manusela National Park at the Rehabilitation and Release Center (Kembali Bebas) which we built in 2004 and ran until 2009. Vinno has replaced Ceisar Riupassa as Manager, a long-awaited change. Despite the fact that the governmental Office of Conservation and Natural Resources now runs the facility– and the funding from the Government is grossly insufficient, the ex-trappers still contribute a half-day of work dailY.

Kai Bansner (who has visited Kembali Bebas twice, including this year) reports that food and enrichment are insufficient … compatible with the poor funding. However, cockatoos and other parrots seem to have adapted well-perhaps not surprising since they have survived the abysmal conditions of the smugglers.

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