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"Borneo beer" is threatened with extinction

Czechs protect the 45,000-hectare tropical rainforest with twelve years of rare monk kahau monkeys called "Bornea beer". Now there is a risk that the project to protect these unique inhabitants of Borneo will be stopped because of a lack of funding. Borneo's "Pears" are threatened with extinction due to the expansion of palm oil plantations and infrastructure at the expense of the forest. She informed the Coalition against palm oil.

The mysterious tropical "brewers" have a strikingly raised stomach reminiscent of a "beer navel" and a large "bearded" nose. The females and males can be distinguished by their nose. The male has a nose in the shape of a cucumber of up to 10 cm long, while the female has a nose short and turned upwards. Monkeys are characterized by a sedentary lifestyle and a choleric, prudent nostril. The interesting thing is that Kahau are good swimmers and can swim twenty meters under water. Most of the time, monkeys live in mangroves where they feed on leaves, buds, seeds and fruits of certain mangroves. Kahau wears belong to Bornean endemites, ie species that do not live anywhere else in the world than on the tropical island of Borneo. In many locations, they are threatened with extinction, as the places they inhabitate absorb the industrial zones and the activities of the planters who are setting up palm plantations in Borneo. Planting sprays and fertilizers are then flushed into the Bay of weaned monkeys, where they threaten most of the living nature. From fish, dolphins and crocodiles to leopards, orangutans and bears, as well as local fishermen and small peasants. Both Czechs and Slovaks are trying to find and protect the place where the Kahau live, specifically the Bay of Borneo weaners on Borneo Island.

The bayonet bay is not the home of only weavers, but it is one of the richest places in the world. The bay is located near Balikpapan in the eastern part of the island of Borneo. The project for the study of tropical "beer" was launched by the leading Czech and world-renowned scientist, the primatologist Stanislav Lhota, a scientist at Zoo Ústí nad Labem and the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

"During my studies of weaners and other primates, I soon realized that either I had to study the local monkeys very quickly or I had to try to save them by trying to protect the unique forest they live in. Otherwise, in a few years I will have nothing to explore, nor anyone else, " explains zoologist Stanislav Lhota. Lhota opted for the second option and gradually managed to build a team of locals from the local fishing and peasant communities to try to protect the forest, especially as a source of their livelihood. The Protected Bumble Bee Protection project seeks to help them find opportunities for sustainable economic development, aimed at the complete protection of the entire territory. It implements a guarding service to combat illegal activities, strives to develop environmentally friendly tourism and friendly food production. He also conducts education in schools, engages in political lobbing, and engages in legal battles with companies recklessly destroying local nature.

However, the project for the protection of this territory led by Zoologeo Stanislav Lhota faces long-term lack of funds. Even though the budget for the protection of this territory is low. "Although there is a need for 10 to 20 crowns a year to protect one hectare of the local forest, the project has not been able to get these funds for years. In the absence of long-term support to the Zoo of Ústí nad Labem, the Coalition for the Protection of Biodiversity and several smaller donors together with a handful of volunteers, one of the best Czech conservation projects in the tropics would have been stopped long ago, " explains David Číp, a well-known Czech nature conservationist. rare species of animals and plants in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

The co-worker of the Rescue Project The bridges of weeping monkeys Petr Piechula explains the backstage of the problems: "It is great that the project supports and popularizes, for example, the singer Dan Bárta, who recently filmed the show for Czech TV and many other supporters. we are now trying to reach out to companies due to possible cooperation. "

Thanks to several donors, fans have been able to gather resources to resume work in May, but June is still at zero. If such outages are more frequent, the whole project may have to be completely stopped after 12 years of hard work. Local people can not afford to work for free as volunteers for a long time. Without the guards of the forest, the burning and burning of the forest and the poaching will start, and ecotourism will also develop. Even this last island of life is so far absorbed by one side of the palm plantation, the other rapidly expanding industrial zone. "One of the most numerous populations of Borneo beetles is likely to lose their seats to" hanging out "and enduring existence. They can not survive in the industrial zone or palm plantations, " says zoologist Stanislav Lhota.



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