Tomo, 11 Year Faithful Keeping Maleo RONNY Buol Tomo find an egg in the hole Maleo second spot. He then noted the time was found, giving the number and weigh. MANADO, - First Tomo Lumamay (46) is a hunter Maleo eggs. Now it's been 11 years he has dedicated his life to the guard post at the Estuary Research Maleo built Pusian Wildlife Society Indonesia Program (WCSIP) North Sulawesi. Its location is in the National Park Bogani Nani Wartabone (TNBNW), precisely in the Village Pusian, Dumoga, Bolaang Mongondow. "The wild birds are like my pet," said Tomo, Thursday (27/09/2012) morning when getting towards the spot where Maleo observations spawn near river bentaran Dumoga defending TNBNW. Every morning Tomo must lurk spies building built by WCS. This little boy berpostur must sit still for hours without doing much to wait for Maleo spawn. "They are very sensitive, if you know someone, the bird would fly straight," said Tomo. He equip himself with a small bag that is a bit shabby. "This bag is long enough," he said, smiling. In it contained, notebooks, pens, as well as a means of scales. "I should record all my observations in this book," said Tomo while showing little book. His records are a valuable log. For 11 years, Tomo tail Maleo noting how it looks, how many eggs are released and all related data. As on the previous evening, Tomo find an egg in the hole Maleo second spot. He then noted the time was found, giving the number and weigh. "This is an egg that I found to 4.386.yang since 2001 I believed to be the guardian Maleo here," he said with a happy face. Together with three eggs he gets in the morning, the eggs were then planted back at the hatchery - a special place hatcheries are deliberately created by WCS. "We deliberately make such a fenced and locked cage to protect the eggs from predators Maleo and theft," said Iwan Honuwu the Project Manager of WCS Maleo Project. Tomo just villagers primary school graduates with no college education, but one concerned with the preservation of endangered species extinction Because, if not removed, the eggs will be eaten by lizards. Maleo birds that exist in a kind of Macrocephalon maleo TNBNW protected conservation laws for threatened populations. "This species is endemic to Sulawesi. Population is threatened because the first egg is taken to be sold. Size of a giant egg made selling an egg Maleo be expensive," said Iwan. Through Maleo Project initiated by WCS IP Sulut, now maleo-maleo these have their own guards. "Twice a day I had to go two places maleo spawn spot, in the morning and return in the afternoon, because at that time they came spawn," said Tomo. Maleo is typical that when the bird will lay eggs, Maleo pair will find a place that can be dug to bury their eggs. "They will be looking for a place that can produce heat, because they do not incubate their eggs," said Iwan. Interestingly, the existing Maleo TNBNW choose spawn spot there because of the proximity of hot spots with earth. "This was indicated by the steam coming out from some point in the river water. We expect, Maleo can detect the presence of geothermal energy," said Iwan explained. Unlike other types of Maleo elsewhere, Maleo existing research in the area of Muara Post Pusian owned WCS, dig a hole deep enough, then lay their eggs and then fill it. While other types of Maleo, hoarding the eggs with a mound up. "The kind that collect heat from condensation resulting pile mounds made. Maleo But here know exactly that they use sand stockpiled eggs contain heat," said Iwan again. In addition to monitoring and recording, Tomo also oversees and observe the hatchery. The eggs were found, haitchery replanted. "Average in 64 days, the eggs will hatch itself. Son Maleo that will multiply itself hatched hole, then out to the ground. Task I release it back into the wild," said Tomo. Iwan added, of the records they have, with this protection techniques such as egg hatching success rate reached 60 percent. "We do not disturb the natural process of laying cycle Maleo. All we do is provide protection, because if not, the threat of predators is very high," said Iwan again. Tomo dedication to conservation Maleo deserve appreciation. With his wife and five children, he is faithful living in the jungle village of Pusian in small and simple buildings built by WCS. "I'm happy to be part of this project," he said. WCSIP Maleo Project Tomo supply needs and their families. "Not much, but enough for us to stay alive," said Tomo accompanies his faithful wife. Tomo tell ever one time, the supply of funds from WCS had faltered. "My wife and forced to find their own needs for four months. But we remain faithful and keep the spirit of Maleo-maleo it," he says. What has been done by Tomo and WCSIP an example of a real act of devotion concern for conservation of biological keanekaraman we have. Tomo is the only village primary school without a college education, but one concerned with the preservation of endangered species to extinction if not protected.
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