February 15th 2017
Gianyar, 15 February 2017 – Bali Safari & Marine Park has been honored via an official visit by the Gunma Safari Park in Japan. During the visit, representatives of the Japanese Park made a generous donation of Rp. 1 million Yen, or approximately Rp. 117 million, to the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry.
The donation to Indonesia forms part of the sister-park relationship between the Gunma Safari Park and the Bali Safari & Marine Park. Located in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan, the Japanese Safari Park is home to 1,000 animals representing 100 species endemic to the African and American continents.
Handing the donation in support of animal conservation work in Indonesia to Ir. Liestya Kusumawardani, MS.c, a director for Nature Conservation Information at the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry on Sunday, February 12, 2107, was the President of Gunma Safari Park, Kunihiko Takahashi. Kusumawardani expressed thanks to the Gunma Park on behalf of the Bambang Hendroyono, the Director General of Natural Resources and the Ecosystem at the Ministry.
In remarks prepared by Hendroyono to be read on the occasion, he underlined that Indonesia is “megabiodiversity” country – the location of an extraordinary variety of ecosystems that are home to an almost countless range of flora and fauna. The Director General also expressed his appreciation for the donation made by Gunma Safari Park in support of conservation, in particular the preservation and protection of Sumatran elephants in their natural habitat.
“This donation for conservation is the result of the ‘sister park’ relationship between Taman Safari Indonesia and the Gunma Park in Japan that was established in the year 2000 on the suggestion of the Indonesian Ambassador to Tokyo.
Frans Manansang, a director of Taman Safari Indonesia, said the donation from Japan is the 16th of its kind from the Japanese park. Adding: “I hope that this kind of support does not stop here, but continues for years to come.”