This bird is the official mascot of Jakarta and was found in large numbers. Now the bird has completely disappeared from the area. Only a small population still lives very widely throughout the archipelago. This is due to illegal hunting: people like to keep these birds as cage birds. After they have been seized or rejected by their owners, they will receive a re-education from us. Without rehabilitation, these beautiful species will become extinct.

On Kotok Island, about 60 raptors learn to hunt for fish again in enclosures between trees and above the sea. If we succeed, we will release them with a GPS tracker. They usually stay nearby until they really fly out. Most of them are able to return to normal life: they find a partner and start nesting. Some birds are no longer able to live on their own, usually because they are permanently mutilated. Together with Thousands Islands National Park, Wildlife Watchdogs built enclosures in the most natural way possible. This way, the birds that stay at least feel at home.

Promoting awareness in Indonesia is an important part of the recovery. Wildlife Watchdogs gives public lectures, we visit schools and watch birds to get the local population involved with nature. For example, we hope that residents, civil society organizations and government agencies will cooperate in the long-term maintenance of the Brahmanian kite.

Our efforts to protect the birds extends beyond the island of Kotok. At Pulau Kotok Besar, a little more to the south, we are working on preserving the coral reef. This is where the perfect vegetation can be found for the Brahmanian kite: a reef in good condition and an abundance of fish.

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