20 May 2018 – In the last months Cikananga was involved in important steps for all confiscated Cassowaries in Indonesia. As relocating Cassowaries to Papua is very challenging and needs support from various organizations that met first in in Cikananga and later in Papua to conduct workshops. This group consists of Indonesian wildlife rescue center PPS Tasikok, ASTI Bogor, Cikananga Wildlife Center (PPSC), the involved local authorities BKSDA West Java, BKSDA Papua and Dinas Papua and enablers Blue Forrest, Freeport and USAID. The workshops were organized to create an action plan regarding legalization, quarantine procedures and cooperation between all involved parties. Director of Cikananga Wildlife Center Resit Sozer headed the group of 3 Cikananga staff members participating in the workshops.
We are striving to bring back all Cassowaries back to Papua that were confiscated from the illegal trade on different islands in Indonesia in the past years. Also, this program aims to be a stepping stone for the numerous other species from Papua that are under treat and develop (related) conservation programs.
More updates to follow in the coming months!