Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian non-profit organization founded in 1997 and working to preserve wildlife and its habitat as well as to contribute in community development.
Their objective is to create an harmonious cohabitation between wildlife, habitat and the local communities through rehabilitation, restoration and education programs in order to ensure a sustainable wildlife.
Bali’s Besikalung Wildlife Sanctuary
This is a sanctuary, established in 2011, for endangered birds and animals within the forest, on the slopes of Mt Batukaru in central Bali.It is part of Bali’s largest remaining forest and represents an area covering 5km in radius from the island’s famous Besikalung Temple. In this sanctuary, they have released dozens of birds including white vented mynahs and Peaceful doves, planted trees trying to create forest’s conditions as possible as they can. Concurrently with these actions, they teach the local community about conservation issues, organize visits to the sanctuary for school students, and are setting up an information centre for the public.
Pejeng Community Center
Their main goal in Pejeng is work with the local community to protect the wildlife and their habitat, as well as support organic farming and develop sustainable tourism that will benefit the local population. (Leucopsar rothschildi). In addition, they breed the critically endangered Bali Starling breed and other species of bird such as Black Winged Starling (Acridotheres melanopterus) and Pied Myna (Gracupica contra). They have two different types of cages to ensure a successful and sustainable conservation program.
FNPF has been working in Borneo since 1997. The main programs rely on:
- Rehabilitation and release of wildlife including orangutans, sea turtles, endangered birds and sun bears;
- Restoration of native forest and monitoring of the existing forest
- Community development programme and empowerment of local communities
- Development of agro-forestry and organic /self sustainable farming;
- Conservation of kalimantan species
- Environment education
- Volunteer programs
Source: FNPF website
Nusa Penida, Bali
FNPF sets up conservation and community development programs in Nusa Penida island promoting alternative sustainable livelihoods for local people. The organization supports the Bali Bird Sanctuary, a community-protected haven and conservation breeding centre for IUCN-listed Critically-endangered Bali starlings and other endemic birds. It also implemented a Sea Turtle Saver program for endangered marine turtles.
Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre
Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre is located in Tabanan, the southwest of Bali. This centre aims at looking after primates and birds including gibbons, macaques, eagles, cockatoos and peacocks that were captured to be pets. More than 40 endangered primates and birds are currently residents in the centre.
Some of their achievements
- Saving one of the world’s rarest birds and Bali’s emblem bird, the Bali starling, from the brink of extinction in the wild
- Transforming the Balinese island of Nusa Penida into a unique sanctuary for endangered birds
- The reforestation of more than 415 hectares – that’s equal to about 775 football fields – of national park and wildlife reserve in Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo
- Relocating dozens of orangutans to safety from the palm oil plantations of Kalimantan, Borneo
- Improving the wellbeing and livelihood of hundreds of Indonesian people
Source: FNPF website
How you can help?
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Go on an eco-tour organized by FNPF! Eco tourists can visit Kalimantan in Borneo or Nusa Penida in Bali and stay in accommodation at FNPF projects sites which enables local communities to benefit from this sustainable tourism while protecting the environment. Click here for more information.