Rehabilitating and return of captive animals to the wild once is a complex process, animals that have become accustomed to humans, as part of a live animal performance or as a pet, will probably fight in the wild. Animals that are not afraid of humans are also at risk of poaching and those that live in multi-species homes may not recognize their natural predators.
Appropriate amounts of fear and caution are vital to survival and therefore expectation centers for the release of captive animals need to work hard to rehabilitate them in the wild and assess their mental and physical suitability for release.
Such a project has adopted with great success in Indonesia, as a team of conservationists has been able to recreate 30 Javanese slow Lorries in a national park. The project, in collaboration with the Center for Natural Resource Conservation (BBKSDA), the Mount Halimun Salak National Park Office (TNGHS), and International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia, has turned this one-time domesticated animal back into Mount Halimun natural habitat Salak National Park.
The class of 30 slow Lorries released in two batches of 15. The community members handed over all the animals to the BBKSDA so that they could be treated and released. Each animal was given a medical check and kept in quarantine before attempts was made to return some of their natural behaviors. They approved for written transfers after they were both mentally and physically fit to go out on their own.
Head of the BBKSDA, Ammy Nurwati, said in a statement emailed to IFLScience, “During the settlement process, the team on the field monitors and records their progress every night.” “If during the habitat, all the larvae are active and do not behave abnormally, they can be left in the wild. They have to go through a long process to restore their natural instincts and ensure that they can reproduce in their natural habitat.”
Slow larvae are an important animal in the TNGHS region, playing an important role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. Like many primates in the region, their numbers have been declining in recent years, but this new project seeks to demonstrate how tides can turned for species fighting with a sustainable method of conservation work. The team assessed the suitability of the environment before deciding to relocate the animals to TNGHS. The release area is home to an ecosystem that can meet the needs of these slow larvae, with adequate food, shade and protection from both predators and predators. I hope that they can reproduce these animals happily in their new home and further increase the population in this region of the world.
Under the COVID-19 epidemic, both Lorries and their handlers have routinely tested wearing full team masks and maintaining minimal contact with animals. These exercises are done both for the health of the translated animals and for their new home to be contacted. The importance of such a warning demonstrated late last year with the first positive example of a gorilla test for COVID-19.