DURI – Rimba Satwa Foundation (RSF) together with the Center for Natural Resources Conservation of Riau (BBKSD RIAU) succeeded in evacuating crocodile sepit (Tomistoma schlegelii), a long-standing freshwater crocodile type from one resident’s house in Babbussalam Village, Mandau sub-district.
Crocodiles are estimatedto have weighed 200kg was evacuated from a narrow cage and taken to the zoo kasang kulim pekanbaru. Good citizens in charge of taking care of this crocodile called the evacuated crocodile has been maintained by previous homeowner Mr. Ferry from still the size of monitor lizard. And after the house was purchased by co-workers the crocodile was abandoned by the owner. “This crocodile is quite calm, and eat not too much. But still I’m sorry to feed him. And I think if anyone can take better care of me maybe it’s best for the survival of sibuaya itself “, he said.
Information on the existence of this unfortunate crocodile can not be separated from the awareness and awareness of local residents will survival of the crocodile, one of the facebook account with the name of the waso wantso preach about the existence of the crocodile and directly processed by BBKSDA Riau and RSF.
Crocodiles sepit is one of the animals protected by the government with PP No. 7 of 1999 “on the preservation of plant and animal species”, and the decline of the habitat of animals is the main cause of animal and human contacts. “The crocodile must be quickly saved because the size is no longer fit in the cage where he was treated”, said Roni saputra evacuation team from RSF.
The success of the evacuation process that occurred on December 28, 2017, can not be separated from the coordination of agencies responsible for BBKSDA Riau and evacuation team from RSF. Vice of BBKSDA Riau Tri Witanto expressed, a sense of awe of the residents, owners and parties RSF on the very dynamic cooperation. “I hope more and more who care about animals whose fate may be the same as this crocodile. The more that cares the more animals will be saved “, he added.