Rare Sulawesi Bear Cuscus Found and Released after Rehabilitation



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Kendari - The Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park Center (TNRAW) in South Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi, released a pair of mother and son Sulawesi Bear Cuscus on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Both were found and caught by residents of Wundumbolo Village while picking cashews in their garden three days earlier.

    The TNRAW head, Ali Bahri, confirmed in a Tuesday’s written statement that the evacuation and the release followed residents’ reports. He mentioned that the mammal (Ailurops Ursinus) is an endemic species in Sulawesi Island and its surroundings.

    The rare species of the marsupial from the Phalangeridae family are known to live in humid lowland tropical forests. Thus they were released in Area II of the National Park Management Section (SPTN). Before being released, the bear cuscuses were treated at the SPTN II Office to determine their health and readiness.

    “These cuscuses were monitored for about two days. We conducted health checks and behavioral observations and fed them,” Ali added.

    He appreciated the reports from residents regarding the pair of mother and young Sulawesi Bear Cuscus. “We really hope that people help preserve and protect the existence of these animals and report to the TNRAW call center 0821-9168-5920 and the national park official number if there is any issue related to the national park area and protected wildlife,” Ali Bahri said.

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