When PROFAUNA rangers are patrolling in the forests of Java, they often meet hunters shooting birds like this. Most turn out to be hunted for sale or shot just as a hobby, and are not eaten for subsistence. What do you think?

Source: ProFauna Indonesia Facebook

This bird appears to be a female Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon (Treron griseicauda).

To get to Wehea forest, PROFAUNA’s activists have to pass Kelay forest where carcasses of wild animals struck by palm oil trucks are a common sight. Often times our activists stopped and buried the remains to prevent people from taking advantage of the remaining body parts. So sad!

Source: ProFauna Facebook, via ProFauna Indonesia Facebook

Indonesia: Proboscis Monkey killers arrested: We ate the Monkey
By ProFauna, 15th June 2016;

Remember the photo featuring six young men from West Kalimantan holding a Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus)? They have been have been put in custody, and we know now that they are working for a timber company in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

These information was obtained after the Head of West Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Sustyo Iriono, conducted an investigation following the viral photo. After checking on to the suspects’ homes in Sambas, West Kalimantan, turned out that they are currently working for a timber company in East Kalimantan.

According to Sustyo, on Tuesday (13/6/2016), BKSDA in East Kalimantan has made an arrest of the six men based on the information collected by Sustyo’s team.

“On around 11 a.m. (local time), suspects of the Proboscis Monkey killing have been arrested. They admitted the misconduct, and also said that they have eaten the Monkey after posting the photo on Facebook,” said Sustyo.

The suspects were arrested by the joint team of BKSDA and The Ministy of Environment and Forestry’s Law Enforcement Division of Kalimantan in the timber company in Senoni, Lebak Silong village, Sebuluh district, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.

“They were brought in for questioning and further investigation by the SPORC, and we are coordinating with the police department and district court about this case. The evidence we have now are only their cellphones and weapons,” added Sustyo.

The six men are Adam (in the photo, the one wearing black hat and also the one who uploaded the photo), Apri (shirtless, red pants), Ato (white t-shirt, blue pants), Inal (green t-shirt), Intat (shirtless, black pants), and Bayong (white-stripped jacket), all come from the same neighborhood in West Kalimantan.

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Six Proboscis Monkey killers identified
By ProFauna, 15th June 2016;

The whereabouts of six alleged killers of a Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) who uploaded their photo on a Facebook profile named Adam Usu Fairus on June 2016 have finally been identified. The gruesome photo went viral on the internet after PROFAUNA also spread the words and ask for anyone to come forward if they have any info about those person.

According to the Head of West Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency, Sustyo Iriyono, all suspects are originally from Semantir, Mekar Sekuntum village, Galing district, Sambas, West Kalimantan. However, they are currently working for a timber company in East Kalimantan.

The killing took place near their workplace, and currently the agency is investigating the case involving a protected wildlife species.

“Our team is also on it,” said the Head of East Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency, Sunandar Trigunajasa, to PROFAUNA.

Meanwhile, Bayu Sandi, the coordinator of PROFAUNA Borneo added, “Acts of killing or abuse of wildlife uploaded on social media must be taken seriously and given fair penalty to pose a deterrent effect to the offenders. This also would prevent other people from doing the same thing.”

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Two Sumatran Tigers Rendered Crippled by Trap

27th January 2016;

Two wounded Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) were found in a production forest in Mukomuko regency, Bengkulu, Indonesia. The wounds were suspected to be caused by traps set up by hunters.

The Head of Criminal Unit, AKP Welman Feri, stated to the press that the Chief of Mukomuko Police Department, AKBP Andhika Vishnu, has directly observed the Tigers’ condition through camera trap recordings owned by PT Sifef Biodiversity Indonesia, and it was apparent that Toth tigers are crippled.

Welman added that both crippled Tigers most likely got injured from trying to escape hunter traps, which made them lose their legs. However, the police cannot yet confirm the fact because the recordings are the only evidence. The camera traps were set up by PT Sifef Biodiversity Indonesia who is running a restoration project in the nearby state forest.

In addition, the company workers also claimed to have found lots of traps, which they assume were set up to catch Tigers within production forests and concessions.

“We do not know the total number yet, but it was a lot,” said Welman.

The amount of Tiger traps in the forest proves that Tiger poaching is still taking place in Mukomuko.

The police have arrested two poachers and dealers, also confiscated Tiger skin and organs. Other suspects are still under investigation. Mukomuko Police Department will continue the monitoring to prevent any more poaching around the regency.

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Two Sumatran Tigers Rendered Crippled by Trap

Indonesia: PROFAUNA Reports Javan Langur Killing in Lumajang
4th January 2016;

The dawn of 2016 does not seem to be promising for wildlife conservation. Protection of Forest & Fauna (PROFAUNA) Indonesia received public reports regarding a case of Javan Langurs (Javan Lutung) (Trachypithecus auratus) killing in Pronojiwo, Lumajang, East Java. Horrible photos were posted on Facebook by an account named Addi Gokhil.

Javan Lutung is a protected species, yet it is still widely hunted for its meat. On the photos posted, there were several dead Langurs hung and carried on a piece of wood.

“We strongly condemn such acts because the Javan Langur is getting rare, it could become extinct very soon. We expect that the authorities would investigate this case, as it has demeaned wildlife conservation efforts in the country,” said Swasti Prawidya Mukti, PROFAUNA’s campaign officer.

The case of Javan Langur killing has been reported by PROFAUNA to the East Java Nature Conservation Agency. Both parties are having intensive coordination to crack the case.

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Police Found Sun Bear Meat Cooked by the Killers
28th September 2015;

Three alleged killers of a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), whose photo was uploaded on Facebook by a user named Ronal Cristoper, were arrested by Kutai Kartanegara (Kukar) Police Department on 25 September 2015. At first, they denied the suspicion. Ronal Christoper, Martinus Belawing, and Markus Lawai said that they did not kill the Sun Bear; they found it already dead from a boar snare.

They did admit that they disemboweled the Sun Bear and took its meat to be cooked. These residents of Tabang district, Kukar, also admitted that they uploaded the photo on Facebook using Ronal Cristoper’s account.

“They can disclaim it all they want, but the fact that they captioned the photo ’tangkapan hari ini’ (‘today’s catch’) says it all,” stated Bayu Sandi, the Coordinator of PROFAUNA Borneo.

A few hours after Ronal posted the photo, he uploaded another photo of his ‘prey’, a kind of deer which is also a protected species. It is almost impossible for them to escape legal punishment because police investigators found leftovers of Sun Bear meat cooked at Markus Lawai’s house.

Law no.5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Resource and Its Ecosystem mentions that it is strongly forbidden for anyone to kill or keep/possess protected wildlife species aither dead or alive, including their body parts.

“Although they would not admit killing the Sun Bear, they can still be charged for having Sun Bear body parts and eating the meat,” explained Bayu Sandi, who has been putting much attention to this case.

The quick response of Kukar PD in finding the sunbear killers was higly appreciated by the public. The positive acknowledgement was shown in the hundreds of comments in PROFAUNA’s Facebook page, under a post about the arrest of the killers.

“PROFAUNA and the public thank and appreciate the police’s excellent work in enforcing the law to protect the wildlife,” said Rosek Nursahid, the founder of PROFAUNA.

Source: ProFauna

The second photo (published by Sebatas Berita) appears to depict a Sambar (Rusa unicolor) and Greater Mousedeer (Tragulus napu).