Born Free

11 Wild Animals Returned to Nature in Bali’s Tabanan Regency
The Bali Natural Resource Agency (BKSDA-Bali) and Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) have released 11 wild animals back into the wild on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from the Pura Luhur Besikalung religious temple at Babahan Village, in Penebel.

The release program included 7 porcupines (Hystrix Brachyiura), 1 Sunda Pangolin (Manis Javanica), 1 reticulated python, 1 Ular Sawah (Dycondo Nulicus Capascius), and 1 Crested Hawk-eagle (Nisactus Cirrhatus).

Prior to the release that was witnessed by police officials, the military, and village officials prayers were offered on the animals behalf at Pura Besi Kalung,located in the mountainous regions of the Tabanan Regency.

The director of BKSDA-Bali, Ir. Dadang Wardana, and the director of FNPF-Bali, DVM I Komang Bayu Wirayudha, explained that the Village of Babahan and the Pura (Temple) Luhur Besikalung was chosen because of the area's established role as a wildlife sanctuary.

Both the BKSDA-Bali and FNPF have cooperated with the Village of Babahan since 2014 in making the area a “hunting-free” zone conducive to wildlife preservation.