Monday, June 30, 2008

The Dwarf Buffalo

Anoa. It is the wild buffalo with only 150kg-300kg and only 76cm hight, make Anoa the smallest buffalo in the world. Anoa only found at Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. Even, Anoa looks like a deer but this wild is a subgenus of Buffalo and basically miniature from water buffalo.

There is two types of this small buffalo; Lowland Anoa (Bubalus Depressicornis) and Mountain Anoa (Bubalus Quarlesy). Both of them have been classified as endangered species by the Indonesian Government since 1961 but, the populations are decreasing continuosly. Anoa hunted oftenly by human because of their meat, skin and horns. The Anoa's horns believed has a saviour.

Since many still unknown from this species, the experts still unsure about Anoa completely. About their sex life and territorial. Males have been seen marking the trees in jungle with their horns and scratching the soil after urinate. But, no one sure for what they doing like this, for their territories or for the females.

With their mistery life and their hight, it is very difficult to see the Anoa in the wild. Almost like the dwarf.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Indonesia Beauties

The Republic of Indonesia, comprising almost 20,000 islands, is the largest archipelagic country in the world. The Big five islands are, Java, Sumatera (Andalas), Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes) and Papua. With this exciting geographic, Indonesia consist of many ethnic, linguistic, cultures and of course the flora and fauna. However, with the national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), the Indonesian people united.

This country is richly endowed with natural resources, located between Australia and Asia make Indonesia have numerous site of volcanic mountain. This is condition makes Indonesia having a very beautiful landscapes view, such are the mountain, lake, sea, river and many others of it.

Lying across the equator line, Indonesia having a very large tropical forest (covering almost 70% of Indonesia) that support the biodiversity of the Earth. This tropical forest also resulting the very unique and exciting flora and fauna.

The history said, ancient Indonesia (Nusantara) was lying on the strategic position among the ancient international trading, Indian, Chinese and Arabic. This is making the influenced for Indonesian cultures until present day.

This blog, will invite you to INDONESIA BEAUTIES. About it culture, landscape view, flora and the fauna. Enjoy it.

The Bird of Paradise

Cendrawasih, is the folk language of Papua Island for the bird of paradise or in latin words Paradisaea raggiana. Because they have such rare and beautiful plumage, birds of paradise have been hunted for centuries, and their feathers have been used for decoration and their supposed mystical properties. They are currently listed as endangered and trapping and export are illegal, but all species of the bird of paradise are still being traded illegally on the black market.

The cendrawasih is only found on the island of Papua, the most east islands in Indonesia. There are at least 37 other species of the bird of paradise that also make their homes on this island. The males are known to gather in a specific tree together in the morning and will engage in mutual display, where they fluff out their extensive colorful feathers to try and attract a female. They live in the tops of trees and in the underbrush, making nests in tree branches and holes.

Papua man with Cendrawasih

Cendrawasih, or Birds of Paradise, are considered by many to be the most beautiful birds on the planet. The females are a relatively drab, dull brown, which helps them take cover when they are nesting and raising the young. They average about 13 inches in length (33 cm), about the size and build of a crow. The males are covered with different sizes and shapes of feathers in every conceivable color, and they often have patches of skin without feathers that are wild, shocking colors as well. The Raggiana has very long, orange, trailing tail feathers. His head and the nape of his neck are yellow, and he has a green chin.

Because of the beautiful of this bird, many people of Indonesian are loving this paradise bird. Even, some artist outside Papua Island, make a traditional dance by influenced of this bird.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Remo Dance

This traditional dance is from Surabaya, East Java to the welcoming dance for events and the guests. This dance can be performed by single or group dancers. This dance also can performed man/men and woman/women. There are the different between this masculine and feminine style, especially for the make up and costumes. The feminine dancer usually uses a feminine hair style for the make up. The dancers also using the black “mekak” to cover the breast. Sometimes, man dancing the feminine style and the woman dancing with the masculine style.

The characteristic movements of the Remo Dance are the beats of the feet. A set of small bells is tied around the right-foot ankle. The bells tinkle when the dancer walks or beats the floor with his or her right foot. Beside the beats of the feet, the head movements, the manipulative play of the selendang or sampur, the facial expressions, and the postures of the dancers which conform the rhythm of the music, make this dance unique.

Originally to opening the Ludruk (a traditional drama of Surabaya), but now becoming the opening of the event at Surabaya.

This video is belonging to Sanggar Clarissa
Sidoarjo - East Java

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Last “King” Of Indonesia

According to all references, the subspecies of the Tiger (Pantera Tigris) are about 9 subspecies.The list are as follows :

  1. Indochinese Tiger (Panthera Tigris Corbetti) which their habitat is on rain forest and the meadow of Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  2. The Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris) which can found on Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.
  3. The South Chinese Tiger (Panthera Tigris Amoyensis) which can found in their habitat in only in South China.
  4. The Siberian Tiger (Panthera Tigris Altaica), their range of live is on China, North Korea, and in the middle of Asia of Russia.
  5. The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) which only live on Sumatra Island, Indonesia.
  6. The Malayan Tiger (Panthera Tigris Jacksoni) live only in Malaysian Penisula.
  7. The Caspian Tiger (Panthera Tigris Virgata), this subspecies already extinct and they were living on rainforest and steppe of Iran, Afghanistan, Mongol, Turk and on the middle of Asia of Russia.
  8. The Javanese Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sondaica) only live on Java Island, Indonesia. This subspecies also extinct already.
  9. The Balinese Tiger (Panthera Tigris Balica), extinct too and they were live only on Bali Island, Indonesia.

Based on the list above, Indonesia had three subspecies of Tiger. Tragically, two of them are already extinct. The first was the Balinese Tiger which officially extinct at 1972.

After passing through long time of observation to the Javanese Tiger, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Florida, USA, decide that this subspecies is extinct. Event Team Peduli Carnivora (Team Care to the Carnivores) from Indonesia noticed that this subspecies is still exist, the decided of CITES was very ironic. 3 of 9 subspecies of the Tiger have been extinct already, and that was happens in Indonesia. Of course, 2 subspecies from 3 subspecies of Indonesian Tiger are disappears.

The extinction of the Tigers from Bali and Java, acclaimed that the Sumatran Tiger is the only King in the Indonesian Jungle. This is ironic. Because the last King of the Indonesian Tiger Emporium is live on endangered. Their population estimated only 450-500 Tigers. With those numbers and compare it with human birthrate, calculated too with their lost of habitat area, soon or later the Great King will not uphold their live anymore.

The world must support the life of this Last King of Indonesia from the vanished. Because, it is not only Indonesian Government responsible, it is the World.

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