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Many people have supported ASTI in many different ways and have enabled us to continue to take good care of the animals entrusted to us. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who have helped us in any way.
ASTI has just started a new program!
We have just initiated a new program called Follow-A-Keeper! Participants in this program will literally follow ASTI animal welfare staff for a day, assisting with all normal daily tasks including preparing food for the animals, feeding the animals, helping with making enclosure enrichment, helping with moving animals from enclosure to enclosure as required, and more. While initially developed for school-leavers interested in a career working with animals, the program is open to anyone interested to see first-hand what is involved in working in a wild animal rescue center. Read more about it here.
ASTI's main purpose is the release of rescued animals and their survival in the wild. The report of a recent sighting of the Javan leopard released from ASTI in 2009 (above) was very inspiring. To continue our rehabilitation work and continue to give other animals a chance of freedom, we need to raise USD 30,000 by mid 2016; this amount will cover basic costs of animal care for the second half of this year. Please help us to reach this goal and continue our work by sending a donation in any amount. Thank you for helping us as we try to make a better world for animals.
Artist Mary Jo McConnell has recently donated to ASTI a beautiful collagraph (above) entitled "Fern Tiger". Digitized prints will be made from the collagraph so that it may be used as artwork on ASTI merchandise sold in support of our work with Sumatran tigers. Long fascinated by Indonesia, Mary Jo makes frequent trips from the USA to the Arfak Mountains of West Papua to paint the creations of the Vogelkop bowerbirds in their natural habitat (see below, "Morning" by Mary Jo). Read more about Mary Jo's work here. ASTI is indebted to Mary Jo for this unique support of our work.
Winning entries in the Tiger Art Competition held at the Tigerrific Fair 2015 (British School Jakarta) have been reproduced on cards and packaged in boxes of five cards with envelopes; the boxes (below) feature Sumatran tiger Flandy. These cards make great Christmas gifts, and every purchase will help support Sumatran tiger conservation projects. Thank you for your support!
Q: When you receive an orangutan, why can't he or she be immediately relocated to a rehabilitation center in Sumatra or Kalimantan? A: This is because before relocating an orangutan, we need to give him/her a thorough health check-up, which includes checking a blood sample for a number of parameters including viruses. We also check the animals for tuberculosis. Next we have to find a rehabilitation center in Sumatra or Kalimantan (depending on whether the orangutan is Sumatran or Bornean) which can receive him or her, and obtain the necessary government permits for relocation. Finally, we need to make all the travel arrangements and make sure that the orangutan is accompanied for every step of the long journey by a vet. Orangutan Jacko (seen below) is currently waiting to move on to Kalimantan.
Q: Why do we need to be in small groups when we visit ASTI? A: Because the animals at ASTI are under rehabilitation to prepare them to return to the wild. They need to be kept calm and to be taught to manage without the company of people, otherwise they won't be safe later on in the wild -- they might run to greet a poacher! We try to give them a quiet and stress-free environment for rehabilitation, and limit their interaction with people. So for these reasons we restrict tours to small groups of people (like the small groups shown below), and we don't run them too frequently.
Q: Why shouldn't people buy wild animals from animal markets? A: Because if we do, the trader will just go off to the forest and find another one to sell. And since baby animals (for example, monkeys) sell much better than adults, this almost always means killing the mum to get her babies. So please don't buy wild animals from markets, because even if you really want to save that particular animal, buying it will only make the problem worse. This little Javan leaf monkey Jaky was rescued and brought to ASTI because poachers killed his mum.
Q: How long does it take to rehabilitate an animal before it can be released? A: This depends on many factors, including the species of the animal, its condition, and how long it has been away from its natural habitat. For these little leopard cats, it took about a year with ASTI for them to be ready for release after having been kept as household pets when very young.
Q: What happens to animals who can't be released? A: ASTI takes care of animals long term if they cannot be released. This is the case, for example, for crocs too large to be released and for eagles with injured wings.
Enormous Atlas moth (25cm wingspan) on ASTI site in March, with Technical Director Andy
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We plan to start soon with the construction of new orangutan facilities which will enable us to provide better care and initial rehabilitation for our rescued orangutans before they make the journey back to Sumatra or Kalimantan. For this work we will need about USD 6,000; can you help us with this important task? Please check here for information about how to donate. Thank you so much for your assistance!
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T-shirts available with Javan leopard, Sumateran tiger and eclectus parrot designs
New designs by Bonifacio Renanda, shown below modeled by ASTI staff: