Indonesia's Minister of Forestry, MS Ka'ban visited the Bali Bird Park in Singapadu on Monday, August 28, 2006, to view first-hand the operation and captive breeding program underway at the popular tourist attraction.
During his brief visit to the Park, the Minister paused to personally attach a gold identification leg band on a 20 day-old Bali Staring (Jalak Putih or Leocopsar Rothschild) born at the facility as part of its captive breeding program for endangered species. The number on the leg band attached to the rare bird, a species now almost extinct in its natural habitat of West Bali, has been recorded in a data bank maintained by the National Conservation Office (KSDA). The future movement of the bird, together with the growing numbers of other Bali Starlings raised at the Bali Bird Park and slated for eventual release back into the wild, can now be monitored and scientifically studied.
In addition to taking the opportunity to tag the baby Bali Starling, Minister Ka'ban inspected the entire Park complex stopping to enjoy the free-flight show performed by star birds, including hornbilsl and an eagles.
Currently housed in the Bali Bird Park's nursery are 15 baby birds, including cockatoos and rare Cendrawasih that may someday be returned to a natural habitat.
The Bali Bird Park is home to more than 250 species of birds numbering more than 1,000 birds
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