Splashy YouTuber finds and moves the near-extinct King Kuau bird

MidLand, Jakarta – YouTube accounts @jaguarsniperkicau272 loading video discovery of protected wildlife king bird in the forests of Aceh. The video, uploaded on October 23, 2023, attracted a lot of attention online. Because the account owner declared the bird extinct. However, researchers say this is not true.

Heri Tarmizi, a bird researcher with the Environmental Study Group, denied that the king pheasant was extinct. Birds that have Latin names Argusianus argus it is not extinct, but rather has a near-threatened or endangered status Almost threatened on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“According to the IUCN its status is at risk of extinction, so it is a protected animal, not extinct,” Heri Tarmizi said on Friday 3 November 2023 in Between.

Currently, Heri said, the King Kuau bird is still found in several forests in Aceh. Indeed, conservationists at Gunung Leuser National Park have said that wild animals can still be found in the plains at altitudes up to 1,400 meters above sea level.

“In Indonesia, this king pheasant can be found in Kalimantan and Sumatra. Meanwhile, globally, it can be found in Myanmar, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam,” Heri said.

The transfer does not follow the procedure

In the video, viewed nearly 5 million times, the content owner moves the male king pheasant to a larger forest. The reason is because the wild animals are found in a forest that is already too small, about 1 hectare and is located in the area of ​​an oil palm plantation company.

As a researcher, Heri regretted the actions of the content creator because the evacuation process of the kuau raja was carried out using inappropriate procedures. Because the team carried out the evacuation by setting traps.

According to Heri, trap traps should not be used for relocating king pheasants, but rather cages. Trapping actually endangers animals.


“After seeing it, it was quite scary. Also, if the trap got caught in the neck, it could be fatal. Not to mention that if the rescue was too late, it could become prey to predators,” Heri said.

According to Heri, the action of moving the king pheasant violates the rules and could violate law number 5 of 1990 regarding the conservation of natural resources and their ecosystems. The creator of the content is believed to have captured a protected animal and does not have permission to move it.

“If you feel it is necessary to move, you should contact BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Center) for the handling process. “If BKSDA cannot, ask for permission to evacuate, because transporting protected animals violates Law No. 5 of 1990,” Heri said.

Meanwhile, Balia, the account owner, said the king pheasant is extinct because he saw it in a Tiktok video. “I don’t think the conservation agency has declared it extinct, just threatened. But there is one tiktoker who said this bird was extinct,” he said.

Balia also said he had not asked for permission to move the protected wild animals. He admitted that he did not know the procedure. “I don’t know where to report it. I don’t think my actions are wrong because I just want the animals and birds to remain sustainable,” she said.

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