26 pangolins and ten pythons were confiscated when a smuggling attempt on the southwest coast of Sumatra was foiled by authorities.
The Bengkulu Natural Resouce Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and the Kepahiang District Police (Polres) seized the pangolins and pythons in the Bermani Ilir sub-district on May 14th. 25 of the pangolins, along with the pythons, were later released in the Taman Wisata Alam Seblat/ Seblat Nature Recreation Park (part of the Kerinci-Seblat National Park). They were destined for Palembang, and then overseas.
Mr. Dwi Anggoro, BKSDA chief in Bengkulu Province said that one pangolin was still being treated and would be “released into the wild in the same place as the others once it is well”. BKSDA hopes that the release will allow the wildlife to “thrive and be free from the threat of extinction”, adding that the release site was chosen because it is under the care of the Forestry Department.
Watch a video of the pangolins and pythons being released into the forest:
Translation of the video kindly provided by Elizabeth John, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.
- Learn more at Pangolin Trafficking: 2011 to April 2013 [Infographic]