BEGAWAN BIRDS

THE FOUN­DA­TION THAT IS HELP­ING TO SAVE THE GOR­GEOUS BALI STAR­LING

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“In­done­sia and Thai­land are the big­gest illegal ex­porters of wildlife. This is an en­dan­gered cock­a­too, and 24 of them are stuffed alive in empty wa­ter bot­tles,” says Bradley Gard­ner, show­ing me more im­ages of the yel­low-crested cock­a­toos from a news ar­ti­cle in “The Guardian”.

This is the first sub­ject that Bradley raises as we sit down at the Begawan Foun­da­tion Breed­ing and Re­lease Cen­tre in Green School, Sibang. The im­ages of the cock­a­toos stuffed in­side plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles are just hor­ren­dous.

Bradley, who es­tab­lished the foun­da­tion with his wife Deb­bie, is an­gry about the cock­a­too news. He says that the smug­gling of these birds needs to be stopped or they will soon be­come ex­tinct in the wild, just like the Bali Star­ling.

“We started this foun­da­tion in 1999, on ac­count of my in­ter­ests in health, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, one of the fo­cuses be­came the Bali Star­ling [ bu­rung Jalak]. This was be­cause the Bali Star­ling is a sym­bol of Bali. These birds are on In­done­sian coins, but has any­body ac­tu­ally seen a Bali Star­ling? No, you have to go to the bird park or a zoo,” ex­plains Bradley. “The Bali Star­ling should be fly­ing free, as should many other en­dan­gered Ba­li­nese or In­done­sian birds,” he adds.

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