ORANGUTANS AND WILD BIRDS

HSI is the sole supporter of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation's Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre which cares for, rehabilitates and releases native endangered wildlife—most of which are victims of illegal trade fuelled by demand for exotic pets.

The situation is exacerbated by rampant deforestation taking place across Indonesia for palm oil and rubber plantations which is destroying critical wildlife habitat.

The rescue centre cares for more than 40 endangered primates and birds including gibbons, macaques, eagles, cockatoos and peacocks and is a permanent home for those birds and animals that are not able to be released back into the wild.

HSI also supports FNPF’s habitat restoration work in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan Borneo, home to many endangered species including orangutans. The main project site of Pesalat was severely degraded by traditional slash and burn farming and overrun by an aggressive weed called imperata grass when the project commenced in 2000.

The reforestation work involves planting saplings followed by monitoring and maintenance which ensures a sapling survival rate of 73%. FNPF also works closely with the local community conducting fire patrols which helps ensure that fires do not spread into the park. We have been supporting FNPF’s work in Borneo since 2000.