Saving endangered animal species and biodiversity
Because of the destructive practice of deforestation, but also due to the thriving illegal trade in endangered wildlife species, a variety of animals is threatened with extinction. The loss of biodiversity and the associated degradation of ecosystems is one of the greatest environmental disasters of our time. With reforestation but also by actively stopping wildlife smuggling, monitoring biodiversity and running an animal rescue centre, Masarang contributes to the fight against this human-induced threat to wildlife.
Through saving endangered species and biodiversity Masarang wants:
- to combat the trade in wild animals, confiscate illegally traded animals, provide care for them and release them into the wild when possible.
- to provide education of the local population about to nature conservation and wildlife.
- to offer high-quality care to animals which unfortunately cannot be released because, for example, they are unable to survive in the wild or because their habitat has been destructed.
- to document, expand and use her knowledge on the development of biodiversity in newly planted forests.
In animal rescue centre Tasikoki Masarang has taken care of over 2000 animals of 110 different protected species, such as black macaques, gibbons, orang-utans, a variety of birds, phytons and a Javanese leopard. Animals are nurtured until they are in good health again and, whenever possible, released in nature. Masarang is also actively involved in combatting the smuggling of wildlife and in confiscating illegally traded animals. We also give information and education for local schools and inhabitants. Each month over a hundred school children come to Tasikoki.
Masarang has built up a unique biodiversity database in which, for example, the distribution of animals, plants and trees is documented. This has proven to be a powerful tool in the restoration of degraded ecosystems.