PROTECTING ENDANGERED

INDONESIAN BIRDS

Begawan Foundation's goal is to promote awareness of the threats to endangered species in Indonesia, to educate the public on how they can assist in the project and take the responsibility for indigenous Indonesian bird species.

BEGAWAN FOUNDATION

Begawan Foundation was established in 1999 by Bradley and Debbie Gardner, who were also the creative forces behind the world-renowned Begawan Giri Estate on the Indonesian island of Bali. Their experience at Begawan Giri Estate inspired them to initiate programmes that would benefit local people, especially in terms of conserving the natural environment and satisfying their needs in the areas of education and healthcare. Bradley and Debbie sold Begawan Giri Estate in 2004, and they have since devoted their time and energy to realising the Foundation's Vision and Mission. Thanks to their dedicated efforts and financial support, the scope of the Foundation's work is steadily expanding, both in Bali and other Indonesian islands.

TESTIMONIALS

  • There is nowhere else that can teach me so much about Bali Starling other than the Begawan Foundation. The situation of Bali Starling captured my attention that I need to help in taking care of them, and not only the Bali Starling but also other species around us, especia... read more

    -Satya, Bina Bangsa School, Bandung

  • It was a most pleasant day and so nice to talk and discuss in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    -David Jeggo, Durrell Wildlife Conservation

  • It was indeed a pleasure to see you again and am so glad to see the progress within a short time!

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    -Dr Jean Paul Ly and Dr Carmen Lee from Animal Recovery Centre (ARVRC)

  • Thank you for the warm welcome that has been given by friends at Begawan Foundation (Mehd, Deva, Agung and other staff) as well as the information provided and the exchange of information to increase the population of Bali Starling with a better genetic quality. We are pl... read more

    -Tony Sumampau, Chair of APCB (Bali Starling Conservationists Association) and Vet drh. I Kadek Kesuma Atmaja from Bali Safari and Marine Park

  • Thanks to Mehd and all the staff at the Begawan Foundation for taking time to educate Derrick and his friends about the Bali Starling and the importance of nature! The Bali Starling is an iconic and real-life example of biodiversity conservation and the plight of endanger... read more

    -Brad Sanders from Harapan Rainforest

  • So wonderful to know that these individuals were available to help draw attention to your important work, and that through the releases they were able to participate in such a meaningful way

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    -Steve Milpacher, Operations Director of World Parrot Trust

  • Had a wonderful 4 days there, saw various of bali starling doing very well  (one pasangan was going in and out their lobang with food!) and saw the kaketoes as well. Beautiful.

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    -Marlisa Wareman, Director of Taman Indonesia in The Netherlands

  • Most impressed with work at Green School and great to meet Mehd who clearly has been instrumental in assisting both release and breeding programmes

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    -Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Conservation and Research and Andrew Owen, Curator of Birds, from Chester Zoo in UK

  • The breeding facilities for the Bali Starling are based within the grounds of the International Green School. These were of a very high standard and it was clear that the aviculturists there were very competent.

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    -Andrew Owen, Curator of Birds, and Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Conservation & Research, both from

  • To be honest your set up is by far the best I have seen in Indonesia.

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    -Bob Jackson, a reputed Lorie breeder in the UK

  • I have great admiration for what Bradley … and you have achieved and I suspect that this will get the recognition it deserves in the fullness of time.

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    -Dr Paul Jepson, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

  • I had practised my Bahasa Indonesian for the trip to the centre, but hadn’t really been prepared for beyond that! My guide Anton’s English was far better than my Bahasa and the day went well, after our initial difficulties. I had a good look around the various... read more

    -Frank Hemmings, Curator, John T. Waterhouse Herbarium, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental

  • Overall it was a fantastic experience

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    -Kayti Denham and Matt McCormick, and a group of secondary students from Bali International School

  • The main reason for birdwatchers to visit Nusa Penida is the iconic Bali Starling. The Bali Starling is a white bird with a blue eye patch. It very probably went extinct in the wild and has been sustained with captive bred introductions. Nusa Penida is a re-introduction s... read more

    -Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, a well known wildlife celebrity from Sri Lanka

Saving the Bali Starling from Extinction

The Bali Starling Conservation Project was Begawan Foundation's first initiative, established in 1999 with the aim of saving this precious bird from the very real threat of extinction.

Also known as Bali Myna, Jalak Bali and Leucopsar rothschildi, the Bali Starling became the official mascot of Bali province in 1991. It is famous both for its beauty and the very real threat that it will become extinct. The Bali Starling has clear white feathers, with black-tipped wing and tail feathers, and a long drooping crest. Its most amazing feature is the beautiful bare blue skin that surrounds its eyes. The beauty and the gentle, trusting nature of these birds have worked against them, making them prized catches among poachers. Local and overseas demand led to a drastic decrease in its numbers. At one point, there were thought to be only 5 birds left living in the wild.

DONATE

Bird Food

Our birds enjoy a wide range of fruit & vegetables, not unlike our own needs. Your donations will be much appreciated. Papayas & bananas are high on the list.

VOLUNTEER

Lend A Hand

We accept volunteer applications all year round. It's a great opportunity for anyone who is keen to learn about our birds here at Begawan Foundation.

NEWS

Updates

We often update with new articles, photographs and reports. Do take time to read them. If you'd like to know more, please feel free to contact us!

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