We were surprised and had a good laugh when we found this video on our camera traps! Warty pigs and macaques feeding together!!!
During the last visit on Bawean the team was able to directly observe the warty pigs during their activities in the late afternoon. The groups consisted of 7 and 10 individuals respectively, including offspring. The pigs didn't seem to be bothered too much by the team watching them and stayed for more then 30 minutes each time. In contrast, a pig approached Pidi and Silvi as close as a few meters! As pigs can be dangerous, they scared them off before the animal came too close!
Last Monday Iing from Cikananga Wildlife Center and Shafia went to meet two graduates from Fahutan-IPB (Faculty of Forestry of Bogor Agriculture University) who will go to Bawean in October to continue our work on the Bawean warty pigs. During the meeting they discussed the project, the methods we use, and organized the departure. We are very exited to welcome them in our team!!!
Shafia Zahra who has been a BEKI member from the very beginning went to India to spread the news about our findings. She joined the "Student Conference on Conservation Science" in Bangalore, India, on 8-11 September 2015 to presented a poster on the attitude of Bawean local people towards crop-raiding by warty pigs. "The conference was an event that gave me the wonderful experience to see and compare how conservation is seen in another country than Indonesia", Shafia said. During this conference young conservationists from all over the world, but especially Asia, meet and share information about their projects and conservation efforts. It's great that BEKI could be part of the conference!