Address : Jalan KRT. Kertodiningrat No. 5, Desa Margosari, Kecamatan Pengasih, Kabupaten Kulon Progo, Provinsi Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, kode pos 55652
Jogja Animal Reservation (YKAY) is an institution housing protected animals which are the results of seizure from people trading it or keeping them as pets. According to the Act No. 5/1990 about Conservation of Biological Natural Resources and its Ecosystem, protected animals must not be objects of trade or private ownership.
For Central Java and Yogyakarta, an animal reservation center was built in Paingan Village, Sendangsari Subdistrict, Pengasih District, Kulon Progo. YKAY is managed by Kutilang Foundation, Indonesia. It is located on an area of 13.9 acres and started its operation since June 7th 2003 and specialized in housing reptils.
All animals in YKAY are treated optimally to maintain the animal welfare. Wild animals treatment in YKAY is based on the standard of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). In YKAY, the animals feasible to be released must get through “education process” in order to survive in their natural habitat.
In YKAY, the health program of wild animals is divided into two treatments, namely: preventive and promotive program, and curative program.
Some preventive and promotive program treatments are:
1. The Health of Animal Carers
The health of the animal carers must be maintained because it can be a source of infection and the spread of pathogen agent. At a time in the past, an animal carer had TBC, and through his interaction with the animals, e.g. primates, the disease was spread. The check up of animal carers is done annually. The diseases observed are zoonosis ones such as hepatitis.
The activities of quarantine program are:
a. General physical check up of wild animals
b. Vaccination, TBC test, deworming
c. Disease screening: blood and urine tests
d. Animal health monitoring
The quarantine cages are divided into three classes, namely class 1 (when wild animals from the outside are brought into YKAY), class 2 (when the animals’ health gets better), and class 3 (when wild animals show their natural character thus have to be released/ reintroduced into its natural habitat). The monitoring activity observes the health of the animal by checking its physical condition. YKAY officers give vitamins to the animals once a week. The vaccination is given according to its schedule.
3. Cage and Environment Sanitation
The sanitation of cages in YKAY is considered good enough. This is represented by the cleaning task schedule and the substitution of officer when there is absent one.
Animals in YKAY drink from the water faucets which flow water if mouth of primates is put on the edge of the faucet. The water is from the rivers around YKAY. The water pass through the process of filtering and refining before used for animal drink.
Other veterinary program in YKAY is the curative medicine. Curative medicine is given to sick animals by medical treatments. Curative medicine is given after routine check up of the animals or when the animals demonstrate symptoms of any particular disease. The check up includes physical and laboratory check up (feses, urine, blood, sputum, culture and medicine resistance, as well as necropsy).
Animals in YKAY are commonly not in well condition if seen from health aspect. Some animals were placed in YKAY because of injuries due to puncture or shot by hunters, trauma of uncomfortable cages, diseases such as TBC in primates, and many more.
The health program of YKAY is controlled by a veterinarian helped by paramedics. The veterinarian hold routine check up once a week. However, everytime there is abnormality or certain symptoms found in the animals, the veterinarian can be contacted for further examination. Curative medicine is in form of giving medicines considered effective to cure the disease such as antibiotics. YKAY holds some activities which support community welfare, animal and environment conservation. Either directly or indirectly, people get advantages from the activities. The previously barren land changes into green one due to the joint effort of YKAY with the communities. Communities around YKAY becomes more environment-friendly than before.
YKAY is a non-government institution (LSM) whose commitment is conserving animals and their habitat. The main programs are Rescue, Rehabilitation, Release, and Education (promoting the environment-friendly program). This place functions as research center, rehabilitation center as well as tourism object for Yogyakarta people and visitors from outside Yogyakarta. Animals conserved in this site are usually protected animals which were seized from law breakers or due to any other reasons. The animals will be trained and bred. Therefore, various protected animals can be found here.
The animals found in YKAY are orangutans, snakes, various species of birds and monkeys. In terms of the species, the collection of YKAY is not many because the quality of animal treatment becomes the main concern instead of the quantity increase (the addition of animals).
For some people, YKAY is not quite interesting as a tourism object. But for some others, YKAY offers uniqueness as a tourist destination. YKAY provides rehabilitation center, outbond site, and camping ground. Visiting this place means supporting the conservation of animals and the continuity and development of this institution.
YKAY is located in Paingan Village, Sendangsari Subdistrict, Pengasih District, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. YKAY is located 25 km west of Yogyakarta downtown, on the area of Menoreh Hills.
To reach YKAY Kulon Progo, you can take public transportation from Giwangan Bus Station to Kulon Progo and stop at Sentolo area. You can continue the journey by taking a public transportation heading for YKAY.
Visitors of YKAY are charged Rp 5,000 (May 2010). The entrance charge will mostly be donated for the conservation of wild animals.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
YKAY has complete facilities. The animal cages are built as needed. YKAY also has laboratories to support its activities. The laboratories are parasitology laboratory, necropsy laboratory, crematorium, and clinics. The functions of the laboratories are to promote the welfare of the animals and enable the health check up of the animals.
Moreover, YKAY provides inns with eight rooms. Although it is relatively far from Yogyakarta downtown, during the weekend the rooms are always full. There is also an outbound site with its equipment usually used by students from nearby areas. Along with all the facilities, there is a camping ground available for students or visitors who desire to come “back to nature”.
Text: Adi Tri Pramono
Translation: Febrianti Ika Dewi
Photo(s): Collections of Jogjatrip.com
(Primary data and various sources)