September highlight: Rescue, Rehab, and Release

In September, A new male Long-Tailed Macaque arrived at the centre, brought in by his owner where he was kept as a pet. Bejo was bought online when he was still a baby and lived in a small cage ever since. Now he is around 4 years old. He has been put in the Animal Observation Room waiting for the medical checkup. Besides blood samples have been taken, we also did a Covid-19 Test and TBC test. The results of these tests were good. After the medical checkup he has been put in our quarantine room where he will stay for a while before being moved to a normal enclosure. After all the medical checkup was good, we moved Bejo to the bigger enclosure. So far, his behavior was normal and he eats well.

Apart from macaqus, we also accept animal submissions in the form of a female Asian palm civet. It was brought to the center by its owners. Timon was kept as a pet for around 4 years since she was a baby. She was kept in a small cage and fed an unhealthy diet and therefore she is overweight. At first arrival, she is put in the Animal Observation Room and started the medical checkup, such as blood samples also a Covid-19 test and the result was good. After the medical checkup, she has been put in our quarantine room where she will stay for a while before moved to a normal enclosure. After it was confirmed that Timon’s condition was good, then the Asian Palm Civet was moved into a normal enclosure. She was a little stressed in the enclosure for awhile, but after some time she settled down and the behavior turned normal. We have to monitor her feeding behavior in the new enclosure before release her back into the wild.

Do you remember the reticulated python that had a pretty bad wound in its mouth? We try to hand feed the snake, since the snake is still recovering from facial wounds. He hasn’t eaten in 3 weeks. We fed the snake 1 large mouse and it was successful. Later we will feed it more food. The snake is also injected with vitamins. Over time, the condition of the wound began to dry up and his condition was getting better. We will continue to monitor it intensively before we release it back into its habitat.

Our Eagle pre-release cage has holes in some parts of the enclosure and need to be repaired. Then the animal keeper together with the animal welfare coordinator repaired the eagle’s enclosure. The new netting for the back walls of the prerelease cages for raptors are finished. Then we can use all of the enclosure again after all are fixed.

After the pre-release cage has been repaired, one of our eagles can be moved to this enclosure for monitoring before being released into the wild. Do you remember the Eagle that was handed over a few months ago? Yes, Jalu, the Crested-goshawk eagle. After checked the beak for any problems or diseases and that was all good, Jalu was moved to this enclosure. We hope that this will improve further in the pre-release cage so that he can be released soon.

We also have quite sad news. Tiku, the Long Tailed Macaque, which always sticks out its tongue due to an abnormality in its teeth, is died. He was found in the morning by the animal keeper who was on duty to clean his cage. He has been sick for a long time and it was a matter of time before he would pass away. We have done our best for Tiku for the rest of his life. We hope Tiku is not in pain and rest in happy now.

Our veterinarians not only treat and take care animals, but also share knowledge with veterinary students through a webinar organized by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UGM on September 11.

Entering September, the level of enforcement of restrictions on community activities in our area has been lowered and has begun to be relaxed. This is in line with vaccinations which are quite intense in some places. All employees at WRC Jogja have also carried out complete vaccinations. We hope that with this vaccination we can prevent the spread of the virus which is still ongoing around the world. We also do this as a prevention for the animals we care for here.

Not only employees, but our interns also have to have at least one vaccination requirement. This September, there was one student from the interior design of the Indonesian Art Institute who learned about animal enclosures. Later, she will make a design for her final project.

Again, the Foundation is not able to provide full salaries to employees. This happens because there are no activities that can support the operational costs of animals in this center. Nevertheless, we continue to do our job for the sake of healthy animals.

The adoption program in September was carried out by AB Conservation who adopted three of our Binturongs for a one year adoption period. We are also running a genetic research program on binturong. In addition to donations for animals, this animal adoption program is one of our mainstay programs so that the center can continue to run.

This year we participated (again) in Giving Day for Apes. It is basically a fundraising competition event held by Mightycause ft. Global Federation of Animal Sanctuary. We have a target of USD 6000 to fundraise. The fund later will be used to cover the ape husbandry in WRC. If you don’t mind, please help us share this information to your friends/colleagues/families, or you can directly support us through making donations. Any amount will be appreciated. The link for our page is provided below:

https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Wildlife-Rescue-Centre-Jogja

At the end of September we also publish a newsletter for the month (May – September). Please check the newsletter on the link below.

We are very blessed to be surrounded by kind people who have pure hearts and passion for wildlife and conservation. Thank you for all kinds of support and donations that have been given. Be healthy and happy always!

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