While the Sumatran Orangutan gets the majority of the media play, it’s the elephants who are facing a higher proportional threat to their home range in Aceh, and the impact from this is likely to be much greater.
When the home range of the elephants are damaged through the expanse of roads, mining and industrial agriculture (palm oil and other commodity plantations such as rubber, timber and soy), it’s often elephants and communities who suffer as human wildlife conflict escalates while elephants seek new lands.
Protecting the forest for the elephants also protects the communities. It’s a win win. http://a.ran.org/a7
The Sulawesi Babirusa, Babyrousa celebensis, is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is endemic to Indonesia and occurs, as its name suggests, on the island of Sulawesi – specifically in the north. It also still occurs in central Sulawesi and the eastern and southeastern peninsula.
Numbers of Sulawesi Babirusa have shown a marked reduction on the northern peninsular of Sulawesi primarily as a result of over-hunting, with widespread snare trapping being a major threat to existing populations. The market demand for wild pig meat continues to place severe pressure on the Sulawesi Babirusa, and other areas are now being targeted as the species becomes scarcer in numbers. Commercial logging, together with forest conversion and degradation, are also escalating threats to this species.
Under Indonesian law, the genus Babyrousa has received full protection since 1931. It also protected through its inclusion on Appendix I of CITES since 1982, making it an offence to trade this species or its parts internationally. The Sulawesi Babirusa occurs in several protected areas, although hunting can still pose a threat in some of these.
Hundreds of villagers and fishermen on Bangka Island in North Sulawesi attempted to stop a ship owned by PT Mikgro Metal Perdana (MMP) from offloading heavy machinery to be used in mining operations. The Indonesian Supreme Court ruled in November that the company’s mining permits, issued by the local government, should be invalidated…
Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary
by Jane J. Lee
One of the world’s largest fishes gets a super-size sanctuary thanks to a decision by the Indonesian government to ban fishing for manta rays within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The move, hailed by conservation organizations and researchers, has resulted in the world’s largest protected area for these migratory animals. Indonesia’s EEZ stretches for almost 2.3 million square miles (6 million square kilometers). (Watch a video to learn more about manta rays.)
Two manta ray species, the reef manta (Manta alfredi) and the oceanic manta (Manta birostris), occur in the waters around Indonesia, and both are afforded protection under this new legislation…
The Mangrove Robin (Peneoenanthe pulverulenta) is a species of bird in the family Petroicidae which lives in the mangrove forests of Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. These birds feed on insects, hunting those found in the mud after the tide ebbs; they may also feed on crabs.
This week we are highlighting the Roti Island snake neck turtle (Chelodina mccordi). Little is known about this critically endangered species from southeastern Indonesia. Its distribution is very limited, being found only on the tiny island of Roti. This relatively small turtle is virtually extinct in the wild due to pressures from the international pet trade. Luckily, this species does very well in captive environments and breeds easily, allowing us to conserve a diverse genetic population.
…is a species of cockroach that is distributed throughout Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Like many other species of cockroach C. rugosicollis is mainly terrestrial and is capable of releasing a foul smelling chemical when threatened
…a species of gourami (Osphronemidae) that is native to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. Chocolate gouramis are restricted to peat habitats and are omnivores feeding mainly on insects and algae. Unlike other members of Anabantoidei (labyrinth fish) which incubate their eggs in a bubble nest S. osphromenoides is instead a mouthbrooder, meaning the female incubates her eggs in her mouth.
Indonesian officials said Friday they have rescued more than 8,000 baby pig-nosed turtles hidden in suitcases and thought to be destined for China and Singapore.
A total of 2,968 were discovered in four suitcases at the airport serving the capital Jakarta after arriving from the remote eastern Papua region, said Zaenal Abidi, quarantine official.
“The suitcases were full of plastic boxes holding 15 to 20 turtles each. Sadly, 14 of them were dead on arrival,” he said.
Airport officials were asked Thursday to be on the look-out for pig-nosed turtles — classified as vulnerable — after 5,400 of the creatures were discovered in seven suitcases in Papua, he said. Abidi said that pig-nosed turtles smuggled through Jakarta are usually sent to Singapore or China, where they are sold as exotic pets and sometimes end up in food markets.
All the turtles would be returned to their natural habitat in Papua, Abidi said…
A rarely seen pink brittlestar on an octocoral (soft coral). Image captured by the Little Hercules remotely operated vehicle at 1,517 meters depth on a site referred to as ‘Baruna Jaya IV - Site 1’ on August 1, 2010, during the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region.