2020 has been the toughest year for WRC Jogja, for all of us. The virus pandemic paralyzes all sectors of the economy. Even though we are engaged in the conservation sector, in fact, we are also being affected. The flights out of action, and the closure of borders has stopped the arrival of foreign visitors, especially volunteers who help our centers.
This year is our year to improve ourselves. Limited activities, does not limit us to take care and look after for the animals here. Animals have to keep eating, and operations have to keep going. Miraculously, we have come this far with the help and donations of all of you.
In January until February, we had seven wonderful volunteers and three amazing interns. After the lockdown in March, all the upcoming volunteers and internships had to postpone their visit. In the same month, we have rescued 1 Changeable Hawk-eagle from villagers who found it near the river.
In April we released 2 Crested Serpent Eagle in Jatimulyo, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta.
Then in May, 1 changeable Hawk-eagle, 1 Crested serpent eagle, 1 White-bellied Sea eagle and 2 Peafowl released in Baluran National Park (East Java), then two weeks later we translocated a Indian Python to GL Zoo Yogyakarta.
Next in June, we have released 5 Saltwater Crocodiles in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, Sumatera.
In August we rescued 1 Barn owl and unfortunately it died a few days later due to internal damage.
Again in November, we got 2 Barn owls from the villagers, and we released them soon around the centre. We also started the medical check up for all the small primates. Due to covid-19 cases being quite high in our area, we have done the rapid test for all the staffs. After the results came, we started to continue the medical check up in November.
At the end of the year, in December we have rescued 1 Reticulated Python with 9 eggs from the fire department who removed her out of someone’s garden where she had her nest. We named her Jasmin. Jasmin and the eggs will stay in our care for a little while before she will be released. Again, we received a barn owl who got stuck into a kite string. After the vet check and make sure everything was fine, that barn owl was released at the same day. We also rescued a new male Saltwater crocodile. He is almost 3 meters long with obese, therefore he will be in our care until he is healthy again.
In collaboration with COP and BKSDA, we will immediately translocate our two lovely female Orangutans (Ucokwati & Mungil) to Jungle School in Kalimantan (Borneo) and also our 7 long-tailed macaques will be released in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Region in the beginning of 2021.
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