Bali Zoo awarded Best Conservation Institution in Indonesia 2017

The vibrant (and adorable) Javan langur. Photo: Bali Zoo
The vibrant (and adorable) Javan langur. Photo: Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo has been recognized by the Indonesian government as the best conservation institution in the country for 2017.

The award was given to the Bali conservation park by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry last Thursday in East Java’s Baluran National Park by Darmin Nasution, coordinating minister for Economic Affairs and Siti Nurbaya Bakar, minister of Environment and Forestry Indonesia.

While Indonesia is home to some of the most biological diversity on the planet, the country also leads the way with some of the most endangered species.

Operating in Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali Zoo’s motto of “Love. Conserve. Share.” seems to be what earned it such a major nod from the government.

Active participation in wildlife conservation apparently set the Bali Zoo apart from other conservation institutions in Indonesia this year, namely the successful breeding and routine release of various endangered species.

Some of the species successfully bred include the silvery gibbon, Bali myna, binturong (bearcat), and bengal tiger.

One of the most successful Bali Zoo stories is that Silvery Gibbon or Owa Jawa, of which the zoo now has five healthy primates – up from just two in 2002. Gibbons are the most endangered primate species in the world, threatened by the illegal pet trade, being hunted for food and medicine, and also from deforestation. The Javan Gibbon is unique to the Indonesian island of Java, where estimates indicate less than 2,500 mature individuals remain. Join us to release #silverygibbonintothewild with #savedbythezoo _____________ #balizoo #bali #zoo #animal #wildlife #nature #silverygibbon #owa #owajawa #holiday #travel #vacation #instazoo #natgeo #natgeotravel #ubud #gianyar #instagood #love #balitrip #balibible #thebalibible #animalphotography #primate #gibbon explorebali #balizoofootprintprogram #natgeowild

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As for releases made by Bali Zoo, species include hedgehogs, turtles, and deer. The latter were released in West Bali National Park’s picturesque Menjangan Island, which actually gets its name from ‘deer’ because of its local population.

“Bali Zoo is very grateful to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia for the award given, the award we are honored is a pride and a challenge for us to continue providing the best for the conservation of animals,” said Agung Santosa, Bali Zoo representative director of Legal and General Affairs.

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