21 confiscated cockatoos are coming back to the wild

December 7th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
21 confiscated cockatoos are coming back to the wild
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A shipment of parrots which have been confiscated in Jakarta arrived safely to Papua Province. Local governor, Lucas Enembe received the birds from Ministry of Environment and Forestry and would like to release them back to their natural habitat in the Cyclop Mountain.

The whole group of confiscated animals includes 21 Yellow-crested (Cacatua sulphurea) and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita).

“We 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,” Emembe said in Jayapura for Antara.
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(c) ANTARA/Jessica Wuysang

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He also stated: “We have to protect and preserve all species endemic to Papua.”  Trapped birds are mostly illegally exported from Papua to be used as pets.

Save Jambul Kuning Sanctuary actively promotes conservation and protection of Yellow-crested and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. Its chairman Indra Exploitasia Semiawan said that such endangered species have to be protected and shouldn’t be kept as pets.

“The yellow-crested cockatoo belongs in its habitat in the wild,” Indra said. He also encourages people that any parrots of this species found held in captivity as pets shoul be brought to their facility. In total Save Jambul Sanctuary have accepted 110 cockatoos in the past.
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Title photo: (c) Antara/Indrayadi, www.thejakartapost.com

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