Why does Friends of National Parks exist?
We work to help wildlife affected by deforestation, illegal captivity or poaching across Indonesia. We run three facilities - a forested area in Borneo, a bird sanctuary in Nusa Penida, and a wildlife rescue centre in Tabanan, Bali. Our aim is to give our animals the best chance at survival, or else the best quality of life while under our care.
What do you do day to day?
At our wildlife rescue centre, we rehabilitate animals that have been captured or are affected by deforestation, and work to get them healthy and released if we can. For species that aren't able to be released (the Indonesian Government has strict rules around species that can carry rabies, so sometimes even healthy animals can't be released), we provide them with the best possible care we can. Our forested area in Borneo works with animals like Orangutan to protect them from deforestation, by planting trees with the help of our international volunteers.
What are the biggest challenges facing your work?
Funding. At the moment, some of our enclosures are made out of nets. We have about 14 crocodiles living in an enclosure with holes all in the sides, and we'd really love to be able to build bigger and better enclosures for our animals so they can experience a greater quality of life. It doesn't take a lot to do this in Indonesia compared to other countries - around $50,000 for the enclosures we need to give our animals a greater quality of life.
In Borneo, the best thing we can do is continue to plant trees in our two reserves, Tanjung Puting National Park (TPNP) and Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve (LRWR). That's what we're asking for help with there - so we can expand the size of our sanctuary and provide a safe area for our animals to thrive - free from exploitation and deforestation. But to do this, we really need the support of international businesses who care about the quality of the forests for our animals.
What are some of the animals you care for?
We care for all sorts of animals we can - our vets look after Gibbons, Sunbears, and a whole range of tropical birds. The crocodiles came to us from captivity - they were being farmed for their skin as babies and so now they don't know how to survive on their own. We feed them and keep them strong.
Help keep this forest growing.
Bayu started the Friends of National Parks organisation over 20 years ago, and they have been operating in Indonesia ever since. As a trained vet, Bayu and his team have worked tirelessly to make the lives of their animals better, and to have a lasting effect on how wildlife are treated in Indonesia. They can only continue to work with the support of an international community, some of whom have been giving to Bayu's work since the early days.
If you're team is keen to help plant trees in Indonesia, supporting Friends of National Parks is one of the most effective ways you can do it. For $3NZD per tree, Bayu and his team can achieve a 70% survival rate after three years, through careful maintenance work.
The cost of tree planting is about $3 per tree, and that includes:
- The cost to produce sapling
- The cost to do land preparation
- The cost of transportation of the sapling
- The cost of planting
- The cost of monitoring and post planting maintenance for 3 years.