The North Sumatra KSDA Center (BBKSDA) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry carried out the release of 18 protected animals in the Natural Tourism Park (TWA) of Danau Sicike cike, Dairi Regency, on Thursday, October 15,2020.
The animal consists of 2 Greater green leafbirds (Chloropsis sonnerati), 1 Blue-winged leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis), 2 Sumatran treepie (Dendrocitta occipitalis), 4 Fire-tufted barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus), 1 Crested goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus), 1 Leopard cat (Felis bengalensis) and 6 slow lorises (Nycticebus coucang).
Head of the North Sumatra KSDA Center, Mrs Hotmauli Sianturi, said that the determination of the Lake Sicike cike forest area to be the release location was based on the consideration of the suitability of the habitat location and the availability of animal feed.
"Besides, the condition of this area is also safe and protected from various human activities," she added.
The release of 18 wild animals is protected by law thanks to good cooperation with the partner institution YKPSI-ISCP (Indonesian Species Conservation Foundation) under the leadership of Rudianto Sembiring, who has been actively assisting the North Sumatra KSDA Center in rehabilitation and release activities, especially for slow lorises. The six released slow lorises were the result of the handover of the community to the North Sumatra KSDA Center through the YPKSI-ISCP Org after previously being treated at the YPSI Socialization Cage at the Rumah Pilpil village ,sub district Sibolangit.
Whereas for the Greater green leafbird , Blue-winged leafbird Sumatran treepie ,Fire-tufted barbet are translocated animals from the East Java KSDA Center which were previously treated and rehabilitated at PPS Sibolangit since September 16, 2020. And Crested goshawk and Leopard cat species is the handover of the community to the North Sumatra KSDA Center.
These released animals have previously gone through the process of health checks and adaptations at the Sibolangit Animal Rescue Center (PPS) by the Medical Team. Miss Zakia Sheila Faradillah, S.KH, one of the medical teams participating in the release said that all animals are in good health and physically fit for release.
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