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.

Projects

Tasikoki animal rescue centre

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Biodiversity monitoring

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Screenshot biodiversity database

Masarang gathers a variety of data on the distribution of animals, plants and trees. We examine, for example, at what altitude and which soil types certain plants grow well, and at which time of the year and in which type of forest certain animals live. All of these data is logged in a biodiversity database. This data is collected and processed by the regular Masarang staff and also by university students, who camp regularly in the forest area for this purpose.

Various groups from North Sulawesi hold expeditions. Some of the collected plants and trees are planted in the arboretum on Masarang mountain as a living museum collection. We have collected orchids and various species of fruit and timber trees and created a detailed map of all Nepenthes (carnivorous plants)