Discover Songbirds in Finland with Helsinki Zoo

We are pleased to see the Silent Forest Campaign is spreading through Europe! We received some news from Helsinki zoo where the Finnish visitors can learn about the Songbird crisis via many activities. Several schools took part in a bird-theme day earlier this year. The teenagers created material for the social media – the goal […]

Deep dive in the Indonesian forests with Yudi (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we posted the first part of Yudi’s story (read it here if you missed it). Today he talks about his hobby: birdwatching. “I started birdwatching in 1998, influenced by a campaign on saving Javan sparrow, conducted by one of the Indonesian birdwatching clubs. My reason was simple: I love birds! But I […]

Art for Conservation

Earlier in the year, Emma Bowring, a young British artist asked permission to use photos from the Silent Forest website as models to paint. She wanted to take part in a project being undertaken by “Artists for Conservation”: a 100 ft mural of 8in x 8in canvasses featuring 678 endangered birds of the world! The […]

Confiscation, Rescue and Release of over 100 Birds by Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife

LCTW The Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife (LCTW) is the only Lao registered non-profit wildlife organisation working on the rescue, rehabilitation, release, sanctuary, conservation of wildlife in Laos – a treasure trove of unique biodiversity. They have a strong footing in many conservation programmes on a national, regional and global scale and also deliver a strong […]

Deep dive in the Indonesian forests with Yudi (Part 1)

Copenhagen Zoo employs several people working on various projects in Indonesia. One of them is Hariyawan Agung Wahyudi, aka Yudi, working on the Banteng program in Baluran National Park. Yudi is 40 years old, he grew up in Central Java, Indonesia. Although his focus for Copenhagen Zoo is Banteng, he is passionate about birds, like […]

Silent Forest in Bochum

Author: Judith Becker (Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum, Germany) A new exhibit, focusing on the Silent Forest Campaign, was launched on August 10th 2018. Visitors will find it in our conservation-exhibition hall which is dedicated to the “bee”.           The displayed diorama shows a river bank in the South East Asian forests where […]

Double penalty for Indonesian birds…

  In addition to Songbirds, Owls are also traded as pets in Asian markets. The phenomenon, known as the “Harry-Potter-Effect” (Nijman and Nekaris) due to the popular J. K. Rowling books and films, has soared to new heights in many Asian countries but particularly in Indonesia.   Recently the Indonesian group Profauna seems to have […]

Indonesia takes a huge step towards saving their native songbirds!

The Government of Indonesia has taken a huge step towards saving their native songbirds! The revised list of nationally protected species, including most Songbirds, which are threatened by the trade, lays the framework for further activities and enforcement to protect Songbird populations. It however also provides the opportunity to transform the culture of enjoying songbirds […]

International Songbird Day 2018 _ Part 2

A couple of months ago, we posted about Cologne Zoo and other institutions celebrating International Songbird Day. The day had an artistic angle. The artist Rolf Jahn painted his “crazy birds” on a wall as a permanent artwork. Tattoo artists from four studios immortalized bird passion in a very original way and generously donated their […]

Polish schoolchildren know everything about Songbirds!

In support of the “Silent Forest” campaign, ZOO Wrocław (Poland) is organizing many activities for all age classes. Last May, the first competition of knowledge for primary schools from all over Poland took place at the zoo. Thirty students from several cities participated after having learned about Songbirds on the zoo website. Very detailed questions […]