WRC Jogja is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild animals and their habitats. The large number of people who do not know and are aware of the prohibition on keeping wild animals, as well as the importance of the role of wild animals and their habitats for life on earth, makes WRC Jogja continue to carry out education and awareness activities.
In June and July 2021 WRC Jogja together with students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FKH) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) collaborated in a conservation education program aimed at school students in the Kulon Progo area of Yogyakarta.
This program is carried out with the concept of a webinar (online) due to the high number of COVID-19 cases. This is also our effort to continue to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The group of Veterinary Medicine students at Brawijaya University who are members of Angkringan Konservasi together with WRC Jogja held 4 meetings of webinars, which were given to 4 different groups. Each webinar is held for one hour and explains the role of wild birds in the Sermo Wildlife Sanctuary. With this webinar, we hope that in the future, everyone will be aware that around us there are wildlife sanctuaries that have biodiversity that we should preserve.
We conducted the first webinar to students of SMKN 1 Pengasih on June 30, 2021. Then continued on July 1, 2021, we held the education program to SMAN 1 Wates. One week later, on July 7, 2021, the team again held a webinar together with IKIP Wates and SAKA Kulonprogo on July 10, 2021.
The purpose of this activity is to provide awareness that wild animals are not pets, that wild animals are better off living in nature. As a result of this activity, there was one student who took part in this webinar and admitted that his parents kept an eagle, of which the eagle is a wildlife protected by the law.
Eventually the WRC Jogja team met the student and his family. They are willing to hand over the Crested-goshawk eagle for rehabilitation at WRC Jogja. We hope that later it can be released back into its natural habitat.