Hunger, disorientation blamed for pilot whale mass stranding in Indonesia

Hunger, disorientation blamed for pilot whale mass stranding in Indonesia

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Lung damage, hunger and disorientation have been cited as the factors that led a pod of 52 pilot whales to a mass stranding on an Indonesian island earlier this year. Indonesian wildlife experts last week publicly announced their findings from the necropsies conducted on 34 of the 52 short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala […]

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Deforestation spurred by road project creeps closer to Sumatra wildlife haven

Deforestation spurred by road project creeps closer to Sumatra wildlife haven

JAKARTA — An upgrade to a road that cuts through one of Southeast Asia’s last great swaths of intact rainforest is driving deeper encroachment by humans into blocks of forest that may spread into a national park. The road runs 36 kilometers (22 miles) between the districts of Karo and Langkat in Indonesia’s North Sumatra […]

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Petition: Smuggled Parrots Found Inside Water Bottles On Ship in Indonesia

Petition: Smuggled Parrots Found Inside Water Bottles On Ship in Indonesia

More than 70 parrots likely bound for the underground market were discovered recently on a ship docked in Indonesia’s Papua region. 64 black-capped lories, a parrot native to New Guinea and nearby islands, were discovered along with 10 deceased birds on the morning of November 19th. The birds were stuffed inside of plastic water bottles. […]

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For two rhino species on brink of extinction, it’s collaboration vs. stonewalling

For two rhino species on brink of extinction, it’s collaboration vs. stonewalling

Fatu doesn’t seem to care about the carrot she’s been offered by her caretaker. She raises her enormous head and gives it a sniff before returning to what she was doing, which is nipping delicately at the dry, scraggly grass at her feet. A few yards away, her mother, Najin, is doing the same. “They’re […]

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Trafficking of thousands of songbirds highlights rampant trade in Indonesia

Trafficking of thousands of songbirds highlights rampant trade in Indonesia

MEDAN, Indonesia — Smugglers managed to ship more than 7,000 birds, including wild-caught songbirds, by air from Sumatra to Java in Indonesia, highlighting the country’s weak enforcement against the deeply entrenched bird trade. Indonesian authorities said the birds were transported in several batches on flights on June 11 and 12 from Medan in North Sumatra […]

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Burning and bullets: Forest fires push Bornean orangutans into harm’s way

Burning and bullets: Forest fires push Bornean orangutans into harm’s way

PONTIANAK, Indonesia — As the forests of Indonesian Borneo burned during fires last year, a female orangutan was forced to leave her burning home. When she was rescued from a small farm, experts found signs of recent pregnancy and wounds on her body. The orangutan, later named Epen by her rescuers, was found foraging at […]

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Indonesia plans IVF for recently captured Sumatran rhino

Indonesia plans IVF for recently captured Sumatran rhino

EAST LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities will make their first attempt at in vitro fertilization of a Sumatran rhino, aiming to boost the critically endangered species’ gene pool in the process. The egg for the IVF attempt will come from Pahu, a solitary female Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) being held at the Kelian Lestari Sumatran […]

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Dolphins Rescued From Swimming With Tourists in a Hotel Pool Now Doing Well at a Sanctuary!

Dolphins Rescued From Swimming With Tourists in a Hotel Pool Now Doing Well at a Sanctuary!

Dolphins are extremely intelligent and social creatures who in the wild live stimulating lives with their pods. Their natural habitat is the ocean for a reason — they need to swim free! They have strong family bonds and are playful and skilled. Unfortunately, they are victims of merciless exploitation on behalf of humans. They are […]

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