North Sumatra police arrested two siblings allegedly involved in the illegal trade of Sumatran tiger pelts and pangolin scales at a hotel in Padang Sidimpuan city, North Sumatra, last w
Conservation & Animal Rights
November 15, 2023
November 10, 2023
William James, London – Scientists have rediscovered a long-lost species of mammal described as having the spines of a hedgehog, the snout of an anteater and the feet of a mole, in Indo
November 6, 2023
Dyna Rochmyaningsih – One dawn in 2010, the sound of adzan from the mosque reverberated among the wooden houses of Seumanah Jaya, a village in Indonesia's Aceh province, on the north en
November 2, 2023
Peppy Kurniawan, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara – The Indonesian Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of four suspects who attempted to smuggle a baby Komodo dragon from a conserva
October 22, 2023
Raja Lumbanrau and Astudestra Ajengrastri – When Sariah went to fetch water in a pit near her home in Bangka Island, Indonesia, last September, she was unaware that a 3m-long saltwater
October 20, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Balikpapan, Indonesia – The deforestation rate has surged in a key habitat for critically endangered orangutans in Indonesian Borneo, with an area of forest 40 times
October 17, 2023
Brandon Michael Sideleau – On January 4 this year, a three-metre saltwater crocodile heaved itself out of the water and up the beach.
October 7, 2023
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – A newborn Javan rhino calf has been spotted in Indonesia, but the good news is tempered by questions over the species' population trend and reports of an increa
October 5, 2023
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra Police have arrested an alleged orangutan trader who sold to overseas customers, identified as Ramadhani, 37, also known as Bolang, in Langsa, in
October 1, 2023
Ang Qing, Jakarta – Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros on Saturday.
September 7, 2023
Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – A Javan hawk-eagle has hatched in the Mount Gede Pangrango National Park in Bogor, West Java, according to a report by park officials on Monday.
August 1, 2023
Yitno Suprapto, Sarolangun, Indonesia – On a night in early July, Solikin was awake chasing elephants past sunrise.
July 27, 2023
Jeremy Hance – Margaret Kinnaird has worked in conservation for decades, from North America to Africa.
July 21, 2023
A notorious animal market once touted as a tourist attraction will stop selling dog and cat meat after a celebrity-backed campaign.
July 11, 2023
Indonesia, home to the largest tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia and over 17,500 islands, is a country packed with biodiversity and endangered species.
June 27, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – There's been renewed scrutiny of the infrastructure being built for Indonesia's new capital city on the island of Borneo following the sighting of a critic
June 16, 2023
Theresia Sufa, Cianjur, West Java – Officials from the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park Center and the Raptor Conservation Society have spotted a 10-day-old Javan hawk-eagle in Geger
June 7, 2023
Jakarta – The Advocacy Team for Academic Freedom (TAKA) launched a lawsuit against Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN
May 9, 2023
Chris Barrett, Singapore – An Australian government investigation has found violations of live export trade standards at seven Indonesian abattoirs where Australian producers sent cattl
May 8, 2023
Teguh Suprayitno, Jambi, Indonesia – The lunchtime rush is well underway as customers file into a lively Padang-style restaurant here in the city of Jambi on Indonesia's Sumatra Island.
May 4, 2023
Sean Mowbray – Across the Indonesian island of Java, suitable habitat for Javan leopards shrunk by more than 1,300 square kilometers, or 500 square miles, between 2000 and 2020.
April 22, 2023
Nivell Rayda, Sukabumi, Indonesia – With her trusty walking cane in hand and a backpack filled with ripe bananas, Tini Kasmawati trudged through the slippery, mud-caked paths of a dwind
April 11, 2023
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Every time a new Javan rhino calf is spotted, Indonesia's environmental authorities issue an update of the precise population number for the near-extinct specie
March 22, 2023
Apriadi Gunawan and Nurni Sulaiman, Medan – A Sumatran tiger died on Sunday after being cared for at the Barumun Tiger Sanctuary in North Padang Lawas regency, North Sumatra, for severa
March 16, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Animal rights activist and founder of Animal Defenders Indonesia, Doni Herdaru, on Wednesday, said the community will conduct intense talks with Jakarta officials in t
March 2, 2023
Noviar Andayani, Universitas Indonesia in Depok – Strong legislation backed by science and technology could help protect Indonesia's wildlife.
Anugerah Rizki Akbari, Leiden University in Leiden – When Indonesian prosecutors went after the leader of an illegal wildlife syndicate operating near the Malacca Strait, they relied on
March 1, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Tonggo Simangunsong, Batang Toru, Indonesia – With fewer than 800 individuals remaining in the wild today, the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan isn't just th
February 24, 2023
Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – The construction of a hydropower plant in Batang Toru district in South Tapanuli has caused global controversy for years as it is built in the habitat o
February 22, 2023
Apriadi Gunawan and Nurni Sulaiman, Medan – A Sumatran elephant has died of malnutrition and malabsorption during treatment due to a dental infection at the Aek Nauli Elephant Conservat
February 12, 2023
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Two sun bears were injured after being trapped on sling wire traps in Mount Leuser National Park.
February 5, 2023
Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger believed to have attacked and injured farmers in Aceh was captured on Saturday after a days-long hunt.
February 2, 2023
Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger attacked and injured two farmers in Aceh Wednesday, the second such attack in days, as officials vowed to capture the big cat or cats responsible.
February 1, 2023
Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Two captive-bred Javan hawk-eagles, a female and a male, were released into the wild on Monday at the foot of Mount Gede Pangrango in West Java.
January 25, 2023
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has started an investigation following the death of a 15-year-old Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abel
January 11, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The population of the Bornean bull (Bos javanicus lowi) in the Belantikan Hulu Forest habitat, Lamandau district, Central Kalimantan province, has fallen to just 20.
January 10, 2023
December 9, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Lusia Arumingtyas, Jakarta – Indonesian academics have called out the government for banning five foreign scientists after they questioned official claims of an incr
December 2, 2022
More than a dozen NGOs have issued a letter accusing Indonesia of stymieing scientific research, after Jakarta banned a group of foreign academics who opposed an official claim that ora
November 25, 2022
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – "Remarkably lax" and "laissez-faire" law enforcement efforts by conservation authorities in Indonesia have allowed the killing, capture and trade of scores of o
November 2, 2022
Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Residents of Tempur village in Jepara, Central Java, have reported that Javan leopards, a critically endangered species, have been preying on their liv
September 18, 2022
Yogyakarta – Orchids in hand and a bamboo ladder on his shoulder, farmer Musimin scans the forest at the foot of Indonesia's most active volcano to point out clusters of the indigenous
September 15, 2022
Erik Meijaard and Julie Sherman, Bandar Seri Begawan/Portland, United States – We welcome the commentary by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya on the occasion of
August 21, 2022
Kiki Siregar, Banjarmasin – With a huge nose and reddish-brown skin, the proboscis monkey is not everyone's favourite animal.
August 18, 2022
August 17, 2022
Theresia Sufa, Bogor – The Bogor Natural Resource Conservation (KSDA) Agency in West Java handed over on Monday three Javan slow loris, known locally as kukang, to the conservation inst
August 12, 2022
Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – World Elephant Day is commemorated worldwide on August 12, which celebrates the relationship between elephants and humans throughout the history of civi
August 11, 2022
Fieni Aprilia, Cot Girek, Indonesia – Nestled between a vast palm oil plantation and the Sumatran rainforest is Alue Buloh, a hamlet in Cot Girek village, North Aceh district.
August 10, 2022
Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Cot Girek, Indonesia – Saleh Kadri, a young farmer from Leubok Pusaka village in North Aceh district, was on his way to his plantation when he spotted eight elephan
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra Police have arrested two men for attempting to smuggle the scales of pangolins and beaks of hornbills worth Rp 2.1 billion (US$141,437) to China.