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A Busy-yet-enjoyable Month in a Pandemic Situation

We were Celebrating” one year of the pandemic, but this March was still a regular month for us.

Some of the activities we do include focusing on the saltwater and New Guinea crocodile medical check-up, moving the long-tailed macaque we received last February to a bigger cage after having completed a few weeks of quarantine, and completing several projects such as repairing the turtle pond, the progress of the bird cage used for the cage, and continuing with the repair of the macaque cage, which we will later use as a binturong cage.

Assistance from six internship students ends at the beginning of the first week in March. They had helped in the necropsy process of one of our Malayan Giant turtles, who died because of age, and closed with a presentation from every student.

In the second week of March, the three Long-tailed macaques that we have been caring for for several years (Cici, Bambang, Satrio, and Abber) can finally be released and live in the wild again. They were released by BKSDA Jogja in a Wildlife Reserve in Paliyan, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta Region. Conveniently located two hours from the center.

We also received a 2,4-meter-long Reticulated python, which was found by the residents and handed over to our center. Before being moved to a bigger cage, a health check was carried out first by our vet, who found many parasites on his body. After being given intensive care, the snake was moved to its cage. But sadly, two of the eight baby snakes that we took care of have not survived. The reason they did not make it is unfortunately unknown to us.

We are still doing some fundraising activities, which will end in early April. The adoption program is still running, and we have five adopters as of March. In addition, we also opened pre-orders for Mungil t-shirts designed by Vivien Poly, an art photographer from France, to increase income and meet operational needs. CSR Superindo and the Center for Orangutan Protection still provide fruits and vegetables for the animals. Then, medical and operational needs were also met through donations from the Kitabisa.com team. Kanopi Indonesia has also started to utilize fruit waste for processing and making fertilizer. However, this process takes a long time. We hope this activity can run continuously.

Please continue to support us in our animal rescue activities. Hopefully, the pandemic will end soon and volunteer activities can be reopened. One more thing: we hope that Ucokwati and Mungil’s translocation to Kalimantan, which was delayed for several months, can be carried out in April. I hope all goes well.

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Tojeiro volunteered at WRC in 2018 and instantly fell in love. He decided to leave his job in the Netherlands to work alongside our keepers, managing projects and making sure all the animals get the best care possible. During the relocation period, Tojeiro studied animal health management to increase his capacity in the field of animal welfare.