Surabaya Zoo, Philipe Cousteau, Sumatran Tiger Killer Demands Money…

Nanik’s fate renews pressure on zoo

A prematurely born orangutan died after living a short life in Indonesia’s Surabaya zoo on Saturday. This incident will pressurize the Surabaya city; which is now responsible for the zoo management, and to upgrade its facilities.

Tony Sumampauw, a zoo worker and expert says that rather than improving conditions for animal welfare at the zoo, the managers appointed by the city government concentrate more on tending the gardens and painting the cages.

Reports show that the orangutan died due to liver problems, intestinal tumors, pneumonia, and hepatitis at a very young age of ten years. She got these problems because she had to spend her nights in humid and dark colonial-era enclosures. The zoo has become a symbol of cruel and poor treatment of animals, due to the political infighting over its custody and management.

Prior to the death of the orangutan, many similar death cases had been heard in the zoo, but the management doesn’t bother about the captives. Read full story at:


Philippe Cousteau’s Journey to Sumatra

Philippe Cousteau, an environmental adventurer and CNN correspondent expressed his hopes that when people will watch “Expedition: Sumatra”, his new series on CNN about the island’s rainforest, they will be stunned by the beauty of Sumatra. He, along-with his team visited the island to see the effects of deforestation on the island’s indigenous people and endangered species.

He also shared his views with the Jakarta Globe about his experience with the tour across the Sumatran rainforest. He answered the questions like his most unexpected experience during filming, the nature of relationship he developed with the indigenous people, the safety precautions he used to take, the dangers he faced during filming, and about the role of “Expedition: Sumatra,” in awareness raising, etc. See full details at:


Lampung to host meeting on Asian Rhinos

On Oct 2-3, a ministerial meeting will be held in Bandar Lampung to discuss Asian rhinoceroses. The meeting will be attended by numerous Indonesian as well as foreign experts. The main topic of the meeting would be the present situation of Asian rhinos, tells Noverica Widjojo, a WWF Indonesia spokesperson.

She further said that World Rhino Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 22 every year, acted as a remainder to the international community about saving the endangered rhinos. Among the world’s five endangered rhino species, Indonesia has two; the two-horned Sumatran rhino, and the one-horned Javanese rhino. IUCN listed these two Rhino species in their red list. Read more at:


Police go easy on S. Sumatra tiger killer

The Jambi Police have turned soft towards the killer of a Sumatran Tiger. In Merangin regency, Dodi (Local Name), a member of the Suku Anak Dalam tribe killed a Sumatran tiger. Police spokesperson told that it was an unintentional killing. He further told that the police tried to recover the tiger’ skin but the community demanded Rp 15 million for it. Read more at:


Indonesia intensifying efforts to tackle rising number of hot spots

National Environment Agency (NEA) reports that the Indonesian authorities are taking steps to tackle the increasing number of hot spots in Sumatra while the ASEAN ministers met in Surabaya to address the trans-boundary haze pollution, on Thursday.

As the result of the meeting, the ministers of all the 10 ASEAN countries agreed to establish a task force to review the present alert levels and establish trigger points for to take actions for the upcoming transboundary haze. Yesterday, after the meeting, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balanrishnan posted on his Facebook page that the ministers reaffirmed Singapore’s endorsement about the adoption of the ASEAN Haze Monitoring System (HMS). This Singapore developed HMS platform consumes hot spot data, high-resolution satellite pictures and concession maps to identify the companies responsible for the land-firing. This is an effort to notify the culprits that now they can be identified and punished.

Based on the yesterday’s meeting, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, a non-governmental organization, noticed that the companies based in Singapore and Malaysian have been implicated, thus advising them to take strong steps against culprit companies. See details at:

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