The endangered Rangkong
THE ivory hornbill or rangkong is a symbol of courage and bravery for Dayak community in Kalimantan. The bird is also considered a protector, and acts as the bridge which connects the souls of their ancestors with the Dayaks. Despite this, in the past three years, the population of the ivory rangkong has depleted alarmingly. In 2015, international conservation organizations announced its status as critically endangered.
A GROUP of several researchers and Tempo began an exploration of the jungle surrounding Segitak village, in the Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, on Sunday, September 29. During more than two hours of our trek into the forest, we could hear all manner of birds chirping and cheeping and cawing and whistling in turn. The twitter of the birds was like a wonderful concert of nature deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.
Yet, among all the soun...