Ministry Postpones Granting Conservation Permit for KBS Zoo


The Forestry Ministry has postponed granting a conservation land management permit for Surabaya Zoo (KBS) because the Surabaya City government has yet to meet all requirements.

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said the land conservation permit had not yet been issued because the city government still had to submit a number of requirements such as the environment impact analysis (Amdal), environment management scheme (UKL) and environment monitoring scheme (UPL) requirements.

“We need a three-month time to meet the Amdal requirement and two to three weeks to fulfill the UPL and UKL schemes,” the Surabaya mayor said here on Tuesday.

She said she still had to consult the office of the Environment Minister regarding whether Amdal was really needed for the issuance of a conservation land permit for the management of the Surabaya zoo.

The mayor said that she wanted to consult the office of the minister of environment because her side was not intending to develop the KBS but to carry out management on the already existing zoo.

Tri Rismaharini said she was focusing on the handling of remining 84 animals in the KBS which were in ailing, disabled and old conditions.

In the near future, the mayor will held a seminar which will specifically discuss the KBS.

She said that it was expected that during the seminar there would be people who were prepared to become foster parents for the animals. The foster parents are expected to choose animals they want to take care of.

The animals which are expected to obtain foster parents are still young and healthy. Those who are already ill, disabled and old will remain under the control of the Surabaya city regional government.

Mayor Tri Rismaharini had recently reported the alleged mismanagement and graft in the Surabaya Zoo leading to the disappearance or death of around 420 rare animals, to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

“We still need a zoo,” the mayor asserted while reporting the case to the KPK in Jakarta, last month.

Among the animals that had gone missing from the Surabaya Zoo, were two Komodo dragons and 50 Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) birds, she pointed out.

When the Surabaya authorities announced that it will take over the management of the zoo from the temporary management team set up by the forestry ministry, a hippopotamus was found missing from the zoo, she added.

She did not specify who she reported to at the KPK, but she reiterated that she did report to the team.

A number of endangered animals were also reported to have died mysteriously in the zoo over the past few months.

In November 2013, a 22-year old jaguar died. Later, a giraffe was found dead with about 20 plastic wares in its stomach.

The latest death was that of a male lion named Michael that died due to a cable wire that went around his neck in January 2014.

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