Recognizing and Conserving Primates Indonesia

JAKARTA (UNAS) – Biodiversity is a treasure that needs to be maintained and preserved, and increasingly recognized the importance of human life. Biodiversity contributes a lot to the sustainability of human life, one of which is the Primate.

Education coordinator and Chairman BScC Indonesia, Ahmad Baihaqi explain the date of January 30, 2001 set as the Indonesian Primate Day, this is because the hunting of primates growing trend within the last 5 years. This fact was proven one with the proliferation of hunting done by society as an alternative hobby, as well as many photographs related to the hunting of primates circulating in social media.

“Do not know it was love, not love then do not love, you love it does not matter. we introduce Indonesian primate contribution to high school students that they care about and jointly preserve Indonesian primate “said Abay, the nickname of Ahmad Baihaqi student of Master Study Program Graduate School of Life Sciences of the National University, Jakarta.

Primates as an important component in maintaining the balance of forest ecosystems which has a primary function as a seed spreader. However, changes in forest areas into agricultural and residential areas causing partial loss of natural habitat that threaten the survival of primates.

Chairman of the National University Primate Research Center, Dr.SriSuciUtamiAtmoko explained today, more than 70% of Indonesian primates threatened with extinction due to land conversion and hunting. If the first person to hunt for subsistence, another case with today where most people hunt primates for fun and primates such as pests.

“If it makes the primate as a pet or pets, we can catch the disease hepatitis (A, B, C), tuberculosis, herpes, malaria, typhoid, intestinal worms or otherwise” Sacred added.

Some primates are endangered today live in fragmented forest habitat. Degradation and fragmentation directly causes habitat isolation, decline in natural carrying capacity and improve edge effects result of wider limits of the open forest edge. These conditions greatly threaten the survival of primates and other wildlife.

Tri Rahmaeti, the delegation of the “monkey” Forum Primate Studies Faculty of Biology, National University describes the results of research conducted at the Campgrounds and Tourism (Buperta) Cibubur and Village Forest DayeuhLuhur, Ganeas, Sumedang, West Java.

“The presence of primates in their natural habitat can be used as a means of education for students” stated Tri.

Educational activities about the recognition and preservation of primates Indonesia conducted in SMA’s contribution was organized thanks to the cooperation between BScC Indonesia, “Javan” Study Forum Primate Biology Faculty of the National University, Graduate School Master program Biology National University Primate Research Center National University, ProFauna and Loop Indonesia.

In its activities, they distributed stickers and posters do not buy primates, do not hunt, do not maintain and also movie about orangutan habitat and threats. They also confirmed Stop and Stop Buy Hunting Primates Primates.

Let’s move along to introduce and preserve Indonesian primate.