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A November Recap: Collaborative Insights on IUCN-ASAP Strategies and Key Discussions on Specialized Conservation in Indonesia

On the second week of November, a team from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Asian Species Action Partnership (IUCN ASAP) visited Yogyakarta to evaluate our ongoing project. They were completely interested in our projects and initiatives. This visit produced a variety of insightful information and fresh perspectives, in addition to being beneficial for evaluating the status of our project.

Engaging in discussions with the IUCN ASAP team, we explored innovative ideas for furthering the sustainability of our program. These brainstorming sessions proved to be immensely fruitful, as we were able to conceive and deliberate on novel strategies and approaches. The team’s expertise and experience in conservation efforts were invaluable in shaping our future steps towards achieving our goals.

Furthermore, this visit fostered opportunities for potential collaborations with other organizations and individuals. Through our interactions with the IUCN ASAP team, we identified areas where mutually beneficial partnerships could be forged. The exploration of potential collaborations ignited a sense of excitement and possibility, as we envisioned the amplification of our impact through collective action.

A number of Malayan Giant Turtle groups have shown indicators of productivity and reproducing as a result of our turtle conservation program, which was initiated in 2021. There is optimism that this discovery may lead to an increase in this endangered species’ population in the upcoming years. We collaborated with the Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation, Konklusi, and Gembiraloka Zoo under the supervision of BKSDA Yogyakarta to make sure the program went successfully. The IUCN ASAP provided funding support. The colony of Malayan giant turtles was moved to Gembiraloka Zoo in 2022 when we made the decision to move the site. Our conservation efforts reached a major turning point when eight eggs finally hatched in November. The program’s goal is to produce a viable population of the endangered Malayan Giant Turtle. The successful hatching increases optimism for greater populations of this species in the wild. This achievement serves as a significant milestone for our conservation efforts and encourages us to continue this program in the future. To obtain comprehensive details regarding the Malayan Giant Turtle project, kindly click on this page.

Overall, the presence of the IUCN ASAP team in Yogyakarta brought immense value to our project. It facilitated a comprehensive assessment of our ongoing projects and acted as a spark for fresh ideas and the development of new relationships. We are committed to putting the concepts and plans they shared into practice as we move forward, which will help us create a more sustainable future.

WRC Jogja and Yayasan Konservasi Alam Yogyakarta also participated in a focus group discussion with the theme “The Role of Specialized Conservation Institutions in Animal Rescue in Indonesia: Reality, Challenges, and Expectations.” This activity aimed to gather, discuss, and consolidate information to evaluate and plan the activities of special conservation organizations. Attended by representatives of all NGOs in Indonesia, this FGD is expected to be one of the important activities in decision-making for animal rescue activities in Indonesia.

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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.