Begawan Foundation's goals are to promote awareness of the threats to endangered birds in Indonesia, to provide education to the public on how they can assist in the project and to work with children to provide educational and cultural activities that will prepare them for a meaningful future in their community.


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.


  • We learned a lot about how a conservation NGO works, and enjoyed a lot being part of the team. We cherished the meetings we had with the Founder. We also valued the experience we had in participating in the clean-up with a local school.

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    -Pearl & Meow, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • We became aware how significant it is for community and conservation to work together from our volunteering experience. Thank you for doing a great job, Begawan Foundation!

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    -Aaron & Nicholas, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • By volunteering with Begawan Foundation, we undertook real-life experiences that demonstrate when students are given opportunities, they are more involved in conservation efforts. We see how the students always arrive early before the activities and try their best to find the answers and learn during the process. Another interesting observation ... read more

    -Katherina & Anna, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • Hopefully Begawan Foundation can continue their great efforts in the conservation of Bali Starlings and other birds, and also with the education program for local children. I think education for the younger generation is very important. I hope my university and I can continue to have good relationship with Begawan Foundation and hope that there ... read more

    -Auliya Indiarti Zen (Indi), MSc. Animal Behaviour (Application for Conservation) student from Anglia Ruskin University

  • Many thanks to birdkeeper Dewa for the Balinese language lessons and all the fun times at the breeding centre. Moreover, I believe that Begawan Foundation will continue to successfully restore Bali Starling’s population and I wish them the best of luck in this mission.

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    -Laurynas Veckys, Economic and Finance student from the University of Southampton

  • The volunteer opportunity was an unforgettable experience and all of the staff were so welcoming and friendly. I learned a lot and it motivated me to contribute even more in conservation and education. I hope Begawan Foundation will keep up their restless effort to conserve Bali Starlings and to educate the locals about wildlife, education and c... read more

    -Angelia Yulita (Angel), high school mathematics teacher from Jakarta

  • I first went to the Begawan's place about 5 years ago and was impressed, but am now even more so as the setup is highly professional. This time I went to do some filming for the 'Ubud in a Minute' YouTube channel where you can see a short film clip about it, and loved the place once again. I really think this has the potential to be a tour... read more

    -Paul Greenway, guidebook author & film-maker

  • 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.

Education for the Local Community

The founders of Begawan Foundation, Bradley and Debbie Gardner, firmly believe that children, adolescents and young adults in Indonesia and other countries around the world need meaningful education to prepare them to take up creative and responsible roles in their future lives, and to equip them to meet the complex demands they will have to face in the coming years.



Both the Breeding and Release Centre and the Learning Centre rely on donations to assist in the running of activities.


Lend A Hand

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



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