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Av Josefin Örnklint - Lördag 13 april 12:42

The background of our animals are often heartbreaking and most of them have either been confiscated by the custom in the harbour or by the police and brought to Tasikoki Wildlfe Rescue Centre.


In Tasikoki we rehabilitate the animals with the aim to release them into their native habitat whether it is Sulawesi, Borneo or Java or any other place. Many of the animals cannot be released ever as it is either not safe for them or they wouldn´t survive as they have been at Tasikoki for too long and some behaviour cannot be tought by humans. For example our sun bears Binbin and Bonbon who have been here since they were little have never been taught the ablity to smell other bears territories and would probably get killed by other bears if they were released into the wild. The sense to smell cannot be taught by humans, only by their mother who they were separated from before they came to Tasikoki.



It is easier for humans to train primates to be released back into the wild as they are more alike humans and therefore many of our macaques are put into groups here and are studied by our animal behaviour specialist before we release them intothe wild.


The two male orangutans Is and Bento are native in Borneo and will probably be released to a semi orangutan sanctuary in Borneo eventually as they have been in Tasikoki very long and would probably not survive in the wild. Bento was confiscated a few years ago from a local family after a group of local school children visited Tasikoki. When the guide took them to show Is, one of the children said "Oh we have one of them at home and he use to watch television with us"! This led to confiscation and he is now with us! Bento and Is cannot live together as they rape each other and fight which leads to severe injuries. Also female volontaries they flirt with and if the women are old the flirting is not so intense and hence me they are not flirting with when I handle out browsing to them! The orangutans are very smart and extremely strong and powerful and we have to be careful what we give them. As a rule, nothing wider than two fingers can be put into their cage as they will try to use it to break out of the enclosure. They are very hard to please and as opposed to the macaques that get overly excited when you bring them treats, Bento and Is are cool and wont show any excitement as long as we are standing watching them. Fantastic animals!



Some primates such as the albino long tail macaque that we have here, will never be released into the wild as he would get killed due to looking very different from all other monkeys of his sort. He will probably be released on an island that Tasikoki now has taken over where  there are no predators or enemies that can kill him. Also some of our birds that have been wing clipped and  cannot fly long distances will be released onto this island.



The longest resident at Tasikoki is probably Betty who is a gibbon monkey native in Borneo. Betty gets easily stressed when there are a lot of people around and she doesn´t like male humans. She has (or all gibbons) a very loud sound and you hear her from you wake up at sunrise until the sun sets.



Langurs are primates native in Borneo and they have a very human looking face! I just love their expression! We have two ladies living with us.



The most dangerous animal we have is not the crocodile, it is the cassowary (swe: kasuar) and it is provvalet the closest we get to a dinosaur with its enormous claw like feet. It is extremely territorial and can run very fast. If you get close it will attack you and kick you with its sharp claws. They look fantastic with their colours though!



The fantastic thing is that I now, after a month here and meeting them daily, notice that they have very strong personalities that differs from animal to animal! Some we call mental freaks and some we call sweethearts! Just like the human world!

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Av Josefin Örnklint - Tisdag 9 april 00:00

At Tasikoki there are some incredibly passionate, young people working with important agendas and for a really good cause and I think their message to the world is very up-to-date and important so here is a presentation of two talents I have the honor to work with:

 
 
Windi is 23 years old and work as an Education Officer at Tasikoki since 2018 and she has a degree in Biology from Manado state university. Her responsibilities at Tasikoki is to educate local school children in environment conservtion, animal trafficking, wild animals protection and laws in relation to these in Indonesia.

The problems and challenges they are facing are mainly concentrated to North Sulawesi and not so much to other islands and parts of Indonesia such as Java and Sumatra. In North Sulawesi local people have previously been farmers and hunters, hunting wild animals for consumption. There are strong traditions held by many villagers in the region and who also support them and their living on trading wild animals in local markets. This becomes a problem when they are trading with endangered species or species that could potentionally be endangered if they contnue to consume these animals. Also having them as pets can impoverish some species in the wild. This is becoming an educational problem as this is not tought in schools.
 
Windis is not only visiting local schools near markets where these animals are being traded, she is also inviting them to Tasikoki for educational sessions and to let them see the animals we are taking care of here. The aim is to have local people engage in the protection of wild animals and to raise awareness. Today Tasikoki cooperate with many local organisation to fight these problems such as trade and consumption of bats which is an animal widely sold in the markets here.
 
Windi thinks the laws in Indonesia are good when the crime is discovered and people get prosecuted but a lot of the trade is not discovered and the problem remains widely in North Sulawesi
 
Windis dream and ambition is to become Minister of Environmental issues and increase awareness of these problems for local people and lobbying for importance of bio diversity and nature resources.

 
Luis is 23 years old and work as a Guest Liaison officer since 2018. He has a Bachelor degree in Marine Science and Marine pharmaceutical from Sam Ratulangi university. He came to Tasikoki after looking for opportunities in international organisations working with preserving nature and also wanted to do something for the world.
 
He is today meeting and greeting guests visiting Tasikoki. There are a lot of  politicians, representatives from various organisations and businesses, eco tourists and students coming here to learn about what Tasikoki is doing.

Luis mean that the main problem today is with the government not supporting and helping poor farmers and villagers trading with wild animals and to encourage them and help them find other jobs in order to support their families.
 
in the future he would like to work in an international organisation such as United Nations and inform the less informed people in the world thw IM portance of bio diversity, respecting nature and wild animals and not only respecting their religion. Keeping nature and our oceans free from trash and garbage is an important issue he wants to work towards.
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Av Josefin Örnklint - Söndag 7 april 10:35

The same foundation that runs Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre is also running a turtle conservation area 1 hour from Tasikoki. Tasikoki staff is patrolling and monotoring the area 24/7.



The sea turtles come up on the beach normally in the beginning of the year to lay their eggs in the sand. They dig a hole and then covering them carefully with sand. After this she swims out in the sea again and never come back. The eggs are hatched after about 50-60 days when the small baby turtles by instinct move out to the sea to hopefully live a long life avoiding predators eating small turtles for breakfast!


Tasikoki staff overseas the activity and once a female has laid her eggs, our staff are digging them out of the sand to move them to a safe enclosure where no predators such as crabs, birds, lizards can dig them up and eat them.



We were so lucky to see some of the little ones take their first steps out of their eggs and into the sea as soon as the sun was set.



We also had a lesson from Tasikoki Education Officer Windi about sea turtles and I am amazed how tremendously big some of the species are with leatherback being the biggest of them all (natural size in pic below!). In Tasikoki we have fresh water turtles weighing about 35 kg.If you ever get the chance to witness turtles eggs being hatched, please take the opportunity as it is an fantastic experience.


Av Josefin Örnklint - Onsdag 3 april 12:58

   

             

One hour away from Tasikoki is Tangkoko national park. It is a nature reserve situated along the sea on green rolling hills. It is a flora and fauna conservation area with several species of animals, birds, flowers and plants. In the park you find a lot of animals in their natural habitat that we have here at Tasikoki. It was a fantastic experience to arrive right in the middle of a group macaques. They didn´t care about us and we could walk among them taking pictures. Many animals can only be found here in Sulawesi such as the cuscus which is a marsupial [swe: pungdjur]. They live high up in the trees and eat fresh, new leafes. We have 3 cuscus living in the centre and we spotted a wild one with a baby high up in the tree today. 



It was me and a local guide that did the trek. He spotted birds and animals very high up in the tree while it took me about 10 minutes before I saw anything that even looked like an animal. If it wasn´t for him I wouldn´t have seen anything!


Other species we spotted today was a beautiful hornbill, kingfisher bird and tarsiers which is a nocturnal and comes out from their trees where they hide and sleep daytime around 5-6 pm chasing insects.



Tasikoki has a cooperation with a macaque research team from a university in Manado that has a site in Tangkoko. I was told that they contact Tasikoki when monkeys have been caught in traps but managed to escape and ended up with strings of bands around their hands or feet. Naturally the monkey will start bite the string with the result that the string just tightens up even harder around the wrist or ankle. Our veterinary at the centre will assist in removing the strings.



Walking in the jungle is extremely hot but one need to wear appropriate clothes with long sleeves in order not to end up with strange bites. Insects are everywhere and believe me, you have never seen the ones flying or crawling around here. Sometimes big as a Volkswagen car. Today we had a snake in the tree next to the house where we live..... Welcome to Sulawesi! Strangely enough I am not freaking out everytime I meet something from Jurassic Park as I accept it is their territory and I am just visiting!


Av Josefin Örnklint - Torsdag 21 mars 12:08

Today was a normal working day with some unusual elements to it. First of all I had only slept 2-3 hours due to a marathon dance party until 3:00am  in the nearby village with speakers reaching the whole of north of Sulawesi I would think. You might ask yourself how that could be possible on a weekday but the answer is that we are in Indonesia and apparently the police has other things to do than interrupting people having fun. I also panicked after finding spider webbs in my bed when using head torch for reading and had to sanitise it but with the horrific imagination of spiders walking in my bed while sleeping during the first two nights. Well what you don´t know you never can hurt from.....


Working day starts at 6:00am with browsing for jungle sallad for the long tail- and gibbon monkeys. We then prepare green bundles for the macaques. As I have told they are very aggressive and very fast so when you stick the green bundle through the fence, you have to keep an eye where they are, if they are showing their teeth to you, you should wait a little bit. Today I was taken by surprise when an aggressive alpha male quick came out with his hand and scratched my hand. Luckily it only got red but got me a bit shaky! The next surprise was a black racer snake that was rolling right in front of me. They keep telling me that I have to watch where I am going as there might be snakes or huge spider webbs between trees. Once these little monkeys are fed with their breakfast we get served breakfast; fried rice and pineapple and other fresh fruit.



After breakfast we prepared boiled eggs in leaves for the macaques. This is not a natural diet for them but they are given this to supplement the proteins and DO THEY LOVE IT! It is a fight between them who can get most eggs in their mouth. They are jumping and screeming at us in the cage when we are approaching the enclosures. We also gave some seed enrichments to the parrots and cuckatoos. For the orangutans we made some yummy smoothie with fresh fruit, chia seeds and carrots and put it in coke bottles. One of the orangutans happily drank it when we poured it in her mouth but the other one refused. We even tried with the animal keeper that has fed him since he was little but he was not interested in the smoothie. 



After our lunch we helped the keepers and the veterinary to clean the turtles. They are scrubbed with soap on the shell all around them. They are also put on the scale to check that they are not loosing or gaining waight too fast. These turtles were between 35 and 39 kg.



I have had a fantastic day learning lots of new things. It is not all easy for a lot of reasons being here in this climate and in this environment but sometimes you just have to accept things in order to reach other personal levels and the most important that the main purpose I am here is to help the wild animals due to cruelty in the world.



Av Josefin Örnklint - Tisdag 19 mars 09:51

To check your shoes before putting your feet into them is something I do at home to get rid of any small gravel that happen to be there - not to ensure there are no tarantellas in the shoe. I realise very quickly that I have to ignore my fobia for spiders and cockroaches when arriving to Sulwesi, Indonesia yesterday. I have encountered several spiders as big as my palm already. Apparently you also meet snakes when you collect jungle sallad for the animals. I have also noted that there are ants EVERYWHERE. I even have to brush them off my toothbrush before brushing my teeth. "Welcome to the jungle…"



The centre takes care of wild animals that the Indonesian custom have confiscated in the nearby international port before shipped out to Filippines and China to become circus animals, food or organs taken out to be consumed as medical treatments and sold to the black market. The centre rehabilitates the animals and release them to their native environment which might not be Sulawesi. There are lots of animals native in Borneo at the centre. The release is the hardest part in order to ensure they survive and not get killed or have difficulties finding food.



My first day at work was today and I have learnt so much. Here at the center we are now only 3 volontaries. The Tasikoki centre has one veterinary, one animal behaviour specialist and several animal care takers that all work full time. The volontaries job is to complement the care takers job with enrichments for the animals. Enrichments can be leafe packages filled with seeds, honey, marmaite, oat etc and then wrapped in a bundle of green leaves. It will stimulate them to find the goodies inside.Today I have handed out enrichments to the orangutans, macaques and the sun bears. The macaques are very aggressive and we have to wear masks to cover our teeth as theeth mean aggression to them and will make them even more provoked. We cannot look them in the eyes and have to keep a safe distance to them as they try to grab you.



It´s been an incredibly interesting and unusual Tuesday for me! The weather is quite humid and sticky but doesn´t really bother me.

Av Josefin Örnklint - Fredag 15 mars 10:23

After months of planning, organising and thinking it is now time for departure to a slightly more exotic environment than the daily routines at the lawfirm in Stockholm!


Not knowing exactly what waits ahead of me is a mixed feeling of excitement and a tumbling stomach. I know for sure though that I am doing the right thing. So many positive comments from people I am surrounded by which makes me even more confident in my decision.


What´s even more exciting is that I have no idea what these two months will do to me?! It´s like a personal experiment. I might come back o Sweden in May as a fanatic vegan animal rights activist dressed in batik sarongs that has lost all my excess BMI kilos and with a mindset that make-up is superficial..... or not.


For the first time in many years I will leave my work phone at home. First week will feel like I have lost a limb and second week I might get used to living without the limb and realise that one can actually live a normal life without that limb. This will be two months of self contemplation, reading, learning about something that I have very little knowledge about, meeting different cultures, hopefully get friends for life and meet and learn about wild animals with a very traumatic background.


Please come with me on this fantastic journey! If you like to read about the centre where I will be working, you can go to http://www.tasikoki.org/ 



Av Josefin Örnklint - Söndag 24 feb 08:00

   

     

En vida känd skidort man länge hört talas om som svenskarnas offpistparadis i Alperna. Förvånansvärt liten by och liftsystem. Hade en bild av att det skulle vara större och fler nerfarter. Runtom pisterna påminns man om att detta ställe nog inte är för den sportlovsfirande barnfamiljen då de opistade böljande bergen sträcker ut sig överallt. Här hittar du skärmflygare och äventyrare som traskar uppåt berget med sina tunga utrustningar för att hitta den perfekta backen med lössnö eller klippavsatsen att slänga sig utför.


För oss som inte är så äventyrliga och likt en tant föredrar att finglida nerför en blå backe på ett lutande balsalsgolv så är inte utbuden jättemånga. Här är mest röda och svarta pister. Jag har aldrig under en skidresa utmanat så många svarta pister som denna men när snön är perfekt torr och pudrig, pisten i stort sett tom på folk [läs snowboardåkare och skidskolor för barn🤬] och solen lyser så kändes det lite som en enkel och njutfull utmaning. Det hade kunnat vara så mycket värre och tant kom ner med puls och alla ben i behåll.


Som bekant är inte Schweiz det billigaste alplandet att åka skidor i - här är snordyrt och kanske därför man inte ser så många barnfamiljer semestra här. Vi i vårt sällskap drog nog vinstlotten vad gäller boende känns det som - en rejäl 4-våningsvilla med 3 stora sovrum, matsal, lounge med eldstad, vardagsrum och 2,5 badrum där allt är helt nyrenoverat och belägen mitt i byn nära allt. Utsikten vätter mot bergen på andra sidan dalen. Detta fann vi på Airbnb för mycket bra pris. Vi har lagat fantastiska middagar hemma och hasat runt i myskläder. För de som vill fortsätta festen är det bara att glida ner på byn.



Nästa år får det bli ett ställe med lite fler nerfarter och lite fler alternativ för oss som tantåker men på bekostnad av att antalet barn och snowboardåkare kommer att vara fler.... Lunchen i backen får gärna understiga 350kr med💸






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