Illustration : A Sumatran tiger at Taman Safari Indonesia (photo by Fidelis E. Satriastanti)

After a series of dreadful news on animal killings, one could use for positive news. It is a bit late post however it is always better late than never!

Early this month, Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced 25 births from seven conservations up to 2015.

There were nine animals, — one anoa (midget buffalo), one Sumatran elephant, one Javanese leopard, three Sumatran tigers, one babirusa (pig-deer), and one giraffe – in Taman Safari Indonesia.

Seven Javanese rhinos and one Sumatran rhino were born in Ujung Kulon National Park and Way Kambas National Park, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Kinantan Wildlife Cultural Park of Bukittingi, Sumatra, saw the births of two Sumatran tigers and two clouded leopards.

In Gembiraloka Zoo, one sun bear was born and one Siberian tiger in Sido Muncul National Park. In Capital City, Ancol Park welcomed one dolphin.

It is not meant to restore the whole population for the species. But, at least, there’s some light in the end of the tunnel. Conservation is no funny business. You really should understand the nature of the species, especially on its breeding. And, the birth rate is still slow compare to rate of habitat destruction and hunting.

It is no wonder that you would less see animals in the wild compare in the zoo.

This year’s Environment Day celebration focusing on biodiversity, animals and plants (though we rarely talk the latter much).

The recent study from UNEP underlining that the value of eco-crime had climbed up 26 percent, just behind illegal arms. Long story short, people are getting more profits from capturing or killing off or chopping off animal body parts. No good….

It is a good thing that world celebrities such as Giselle Bundchen or Yaya Toure joined the campaign and raise awareness about flagship animals. It’s not actually about the priorities however their existence closely linked to habitat, meaning good forests.

Good forests means good water, good air, meaning good for human. Everything in life is connected and so humans must assume the responsibility. There’s substitution for good water or good air.