Black winged starling project in Taman Safari

  • Around 1000 people in the potential release site are directly involved in the release program of the species. Village officials, police officers and army personnel are informed and asked for their support. Local farmers are educated on the importance of the species for the eco-system and for agriculture (integrated pest control). School children are appointed as wardens of the Black-winged Starlings and report any sightings, injuries, deaths, trapping or trade of the species to Taman Safari Indonesia.
  • A new aviary complex for breeding and soft release of Black-winged starlings has been built in 2015 - fully funded by Taman Safari. 30 captive-bred young Black-winged starlings have been acquired after long negotiations from legally registered private breeders in Solo, Central Java in January 2016 and transferred to Taman Safari. 29 of the 30 starlings survived the 15 hour long road trip from Solo to Bogor, where they are now completing veterinary quarantine. Four additional starlings were also acquired and brought to Bogor en-route to the Cikananga breeding center to add genetic diversity to the breeding stock there.
  • Once quarantine is completed the starlings will be moved to the new starling aviary complex for breeding (part of the birds) and soft release at the 200 hectare Taman Safari zoo area. The area is well guarded (day and night) by the Taman Safari security force against bird poachers. Feeding stations and nest boxes will be erected and the large number of hoof stock kept in open enclosures at the zoo is expected to attract released Black-winged starlings (which are, like related species, thought to be 'ungulate followers' to stay in the protected and safe zoo area.
  • ZGAP (Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations) and Zoo Cologne are partners for this project. For release activities of protected birds into the wild, a permit has to be applied for at the regional Wildlife Division (BBKSDA-Bandung). As Taman Safari Indonesia is a partner of BBKSDA, the application for these permits has proven not to be a problem.

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  • #1

    Florian Brandes (Donnerstag, 18 Februar 2016 03:43)

    Prima, mit ein paar Pflanzen sehen die Volieren jetzt noch schöner aus. Viel Erfolg für die Auswilderung!