Our visit to Potlot and a secret video message…

Kunjungan ke Potlot dan pesan video rahasia…

It was still quiet at Potlot when we arrived… We were picked up by Andre OPA Sumual, Chief Editor of the awesome popular music, attitude and lifestyle magazine TRAX – if you haven’t already, check it out here for all things musical! Andre organised for us a special meeting with the famous band SLANK. After admiring the posters illustrating the ambassador work SLANK has been doing for Profauna, we were invited upstairs. The room was light and had comfortable couches and chairs creating a cozy atmosphere. The far wall was decorated with the well-known SLANK logo….. picture time!

Potlot masih sunyi ketika kami tiba…. Kami dijemput oleh Andre OPA SUmual, Kepala Editor majalah music dan gaya hidup yang sangat keren, TRAX. Kalau kalian belum membacanya, klik di sini untuk membaca semua tentang musik! Andre sudah mengatur agar kami bisa bertemu dengan band terkenal SLANK. Setelah mengagumi poster-poster yang menggambarkan pekerjaan SLANK sebagai ambassador Profauna, kami diundang naik ke lantai atas. Ruangan di atas terang dan suasananya nyaman. Logo SLANK yang terkenal menghiasi salah satu dinding. Waktunya berfoto!

We are very happy to have the SLANK band members as our Ambassadors! Kami sangat senang bisa memiliki anggota band SLANK sebagai ambassador!

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A big thank you to Andre OPA, chief editor of TRAX Magazine, for organising our meeting with SLANK! Terima kasih banyak pada Andre OPA, kepala editor majalah TRAX, yang telah mengatur pertemuan kami bersama SLANK!

We heard the door open and there was… Ivanka! He welcomed us with a big smile. He gave us the opportunity to explain more about our Selamatkan Yaki programme. We gave an overview of our current activities and our future plans, including this year’s Yaki Pride Campaign in Tomohon and Langowan. Ivanka then asked if we also focused on other endemic species (animals unique to a certain area). Good question! Well, by protecting the yaki and their habitat, we safeguard the forest and all the animals in it! Other endangered and endemic animals such as the anoa, maleo and tarsier benefit from this protection and by eliminating the threats to these species the balance in the ecosystem can be restored. Soon we were joined by Abdee, SLANK’s guitarist, who was born in Sulawesi and, like the other band members, feels a great sense of responsibility to save and protect Indonesian’s wildlife and jungles. 

Kami mendengar pintu terbuka… Dan muncullah Ivanka dengan senyumnya yang lebar! Ia mendengar dengan seksama ketika kami menjelaskan program Selamatkan Yaki. Kami menjelaskan kegiatan-kegiatan kami sekarang dan rencana kami ke depan, termasuk Kampanya Yaki Pride tahun ini di Tomohon dan Langowan. Kemudian Ivanka bertanya jika kami juga menangani spesies endemic (spesies yang hanya bisa ditemukan di daerah tertentu) lain. Pertanyaan yang bagus! Dengan melindungi yaki dan habitatnya, kita bisa melindungi hutan dan semua hewan yang tinggal di situ! Hewan endemic dan terancam lainnya, seperti anoa, maleo, dan tarsius juga menerima manfaat dari perlindungan ini, dan dengan meniadakan ancaman terhadap spesies-spesies ini,keseimbangan ekosistem dapat dipulihkan. Tidak lama kemudian, gitaris SLANK, Abdee, bergabung dengan kami. Abdee lahir di Sulawesi dan seperti anggota band yang lain, turut merasa bertanggung jawab untuk menyelamatkan dan melindungi satwa liar dan hutan Indonesia.

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Abdee and Ivanka watching the film “Yaki, the protectors of the Forests”, an edited version of BBC’s “Meet the Monkeys!Abdee dan Ivanka menonton film “Yaki, sang penjaga hutan”, versi editan dari “Meet the Monkeys!” BBC. 

Beautiful design by Apandi Usman! Desain yang indah oleh Apandi Usman!

We showed the BBC documentary about the yaki in Tangkoko Nature Reserve: “Yaki, sang penjaga hutan” (“Yaki, protectors of the forests”) and despite a technical difficulty (speaker-problems! :S) our special audience seemed intrigued by meeting some of the residents of Tangkoko through this virtual look inside their lives. Empathy showed on everyone’s face when Kacang/Peanut was introduced, an unfortunate yaki who lost his hand when he was little after being caught in a snare (trap). Kacang will never become an alpha male, a leader of his group, due to this accident which he luckily survived. For the purpose of spreading the message about these unique macaques, an edited version of the beautiful BBC documentary was handed to Abdee with the front cover specially made by designer Apandi Usman. Meanwhile, Kaka, Bimbim and Ridho had delighted us with their presence. Time to reveal our campaign logo and slogan! 

Kami menunjukkan film documenter BBC mengenai yaki di Cagar Alam Tangkoko: “Yaki, sang penjaga hutan” dan di samping beberapa kendala teknis (speaker bermasalah!) penonton istimewa kami tampak sangat terkesan ketika mengintip kehidupan penghuni Cagar Alam Tangkoko melalui film documenter ini. Ekspresi empati terlihat ketika Kacang diperkenalkan, seekor yaki malang yang kehilangan tangannya ketika kecil akibat jerat. Kacangtidak akan pernah menjadi pejantan alpha, atau pemimpin kelompok, akibat kecelakaan yang bisa saja merenggut nyawanya. Untuk menyebarkan pesan mengenai makaka unik ini, salinan film documenter BBC yang diedit khusus diberikan pada Abdee dengan cover yang didesain khusus oleh desainer Apandi Usman. Sementara itu, Kaka, Bimbim dan Ridho turut meramaikan pertemuan kami. Saatnya menunjukkan logo dan slogan kampanye kami!

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“We protect the yaki because we care!” is the slogan of our new Yaki Pride Campaign! “Torang jaga yaki karna torang peduli!” adalah slogan Kampanye Yaki Pride yang baru!

This amazing logo is designed by illustrator Oriana Chalbaud from Venezuela, illustrating the enthusiasm of yaki lovers around the world! Logo yang luar biasa ini didesain oleh Oriana Chalbaud, seorang illustrator dari Venezuela, dan menggambarkan antusiasme pencinta yaki di seluruh dunia!

Time to fill in the still empty spot with some awesome signatures!! Waktunya mengisi ruang kosong dengan beberapa tanda tangan!

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But, we were not yet done for the day! Another way in which SLANK had offered to help our campaign and cause was by giving the yaki a musical voice: a special video message from SLANK to their followers, the SLANKERS… There was many laughter and a cheery air during the recording session of this SECRET message which will be launched on the Selamatkan Yaki Facebook Page and Website at the start of our campaign (date will be announced)!! So keep an eye out everyone!

Tapi acara hari ini belum selesai! SLANK menawarkan cara lain untuk membantu kampanye kami. Mereka menyumbangkan music bagi yaki: pesan video istimewa dari SLANK bagi fans mereka, para SLANKERS… Banyak canda tawa dan suasana ceria selama sesi rekaman pesan RAHASIA ini. Pesan ini akan diluncurkan di halaman Facebook dan website Selamatkan Yaki pada awal kampanye kami (akan segera diumumkan!) Jadi, terus ikuti perkembangan!

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Selamatkan Yaki’s Ambassadors in the music industry! Many thanks SLANK! Ambassador Selamatkan Yaki di industry music! Terima kasih SLANK!

Lastly we had a peek In SLANK’s nicely styled…. studio!!! Our campaign banner was proudly hanged, matching their red, black and white walls.

Akhirnya kami mengintip ke dalam studio SLANK! Banner kampanye kami dipajang dan serasi dengan dinding-dinding merah, hitam dan putih di dalam studio.

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A peek inside SLANK’s studio… Mengintip dalam studio SLANK…

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This is where all the magic happens! Di sinilah keajaiban tercipta!

After such a wonderful afternoon, we left with our spirits up (as high as the clouds)! Harry and I were taken by SLANK’s dedication to their fans. An amazing band who share their lives through music and at the same time aim for a better, safer, cleaner and balanced environment for all Indonesian people!

Setelah siang yang sangat menyenangkan, kami berpisah dengan semangat tinggi (setinggi langit)! Harry dan saya sangat terkesan dengan dedikasi SLANK terhadap fans mereka. Band yang luar biasa yang membagikan hidup mereka melalui lagu, sekaligus memperjuangkan lingkungan yang lebih baik, aman, bersih dan seimbang bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia!

With SLANK’s efforts, the Critically Endangered yaki will have a chance to be in the spotlight both nationally and internationally. By connecting music, as powerful medium, with the conservation of our endangered hairy cousins, we will reach many people who will hopefully open their eyes and realise: “Now is the time to take action! We have to protect the yaki and our forests to secure a wealthy and healthy life for our children and the generations to come!” We would like to give a big TERIMA KASIH (thank you) to SLANK!!! The Selamatkan Yaki team feels very privileged to have these amazing band members as our ambassadors.

Dengan usaha SLANK, yaki yang keberadaannya sangat terancam akan memiliki kesempatan untuk disoroti secara nasional dan internasional. Dengan menggabungkan music sebagai media yang berpengaruh luas dengan usaha konservasi sepupu-sepupu kita yang berbulu lebat, kita dapat menyadarkan dan menggerakkan masyarakat luas: “Sudah saatnya kita bertindak! Kita harus melindungi yaki dan hutan kita untuk memastikan kehidupan yang sehat dan sejahtera bagi anak cucu kita!” Kami ingin menyampaikan TERIMA KASIH sebesar-besarnya bagi SLANK!! Tim Selamatkan Yaki merasa sangat terhormat bisa bekerja sama dengan band yang luar biasa ini sebagai ambassador.

We would furthermore like to give special thanks to SLANK’s manager Shanti, Andre OPA, Grace O’Nelwan and Mia Adhitya for their support and commitment to our programme, and for sharing their networking talents and herewith bringing us in touch with these wonderful ambassadors!

Kami juga ingin berterima kasih pada manajer SLANK Shanti, Andre OPA, Grace O’Nelwan, dan Mia Adhitya untuk dukungan dan komitmen mereka pada program ini, dan juga karena telah membagikan talenta networking mereka dan menghubungkan kami dengan ambassador yang luar biasa ini!

Greetings – Salam,

Thirza

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Jono dan Stenly, wajah wajah baru untuk tim Selamatkan Yaki!

Hallo teman-teman!

Jono with his beloved son Romeo

Jono with his beloved son Romeo

Pada satu ketika di postingan mereka saya membaca bahwa mereka membutuhkan seorang sukarelawan penerjemah yang bisa kerja paruh waktu dan ini berhasil menarik saya untuk menjadi salah satu tim mereka saya langsung memasukan surat lamaran saya melalui e-mail dan beberapa minggu yang lalu saya di pangil untuk wawancara oleh  tim Selamatkan Yaki dan saya akhirnya di terima bekerja paruh waktu di organisasi ini. Tentu saja ini membuat saya gembira bergabung menjadi bagian dari organisasi yang luarbiasa ini. Alas an sederhana kenapa saya akhirnya mau bergabung dengan “SELAMATKAN YAKI” karna dalam satu sisih saya berkeyakinan memiliki kesamaan visi dan misi di dalam memandang akan pentingnya melindungi alam yang sudah sangat hancur ini serta kehidupan liar di dalamnya dari berbagai ancaman yang datang dari luar.

Rasa cinta saya akan alam sebenarnya tumbuh sejak saya duduk di sekolah menengah atas dan berkembang saat mahasiswa pada waktu itu senang tertarik dengan isu-isu konservasi alam dan kehidupan liar bahkan saya pernah terlibat dalam berbagai kegiatan penghijauan yang di laksnanakan oleh pemerintah setempat . di tahun 2001 ketika mahasiwa saya dan teman-teman pernah membentuk satu organisasi yang namanya “ NORTH CLEBES FOREST WATCH” yang konsern dan lebih menfokuskan pada pentingnya perlindungan hutan pada saat itu bahu membahu kami menjalankan berbagai program perlindungan hutan serta kampanye perlindungan hutan yang sebagian besar berlokasi di tempat-tempat umum kami semua senang melakukan semua ini namun saying di tahun 2005 karena sebagian  besar  dari kami telah selesai kuliah dan sibuk bekerja bahkan ada yag sudah nikah akhirnya program kami berhenti. Namun begitu semangat kepedulian saya akan lestarinya alam serta kehidupan liar didalamnya tetap berkobar sampai saat ini itu sebabnya kenapa saya denga antusiasnya mau bergabung dengan organisasi ini harapan saya dengan bergabungnya saya di organisasi ini saya bisa memberikan yang terbaik untuk bagi alam yang lestari serta perlidungan seluruh mahkluk hidup yang ada di dalamnya semoga, oke teman-teman sampai disini perkenalan saya jangan lupa…..

Sama-sama mari kita selamatkan Yaki!

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Stenly Alelo, SY's social media volunteer

Stenly Alelo, SY’s social media volunteer

Awalnya, saya membaca apa itu Selamatkan Yaki melalui situs mereka www.selamatkanyaki.com. Dari sini saya paham bahwa program konservasi satwa yang mereka lakukan sangat mulia. Saya kemudian me-like halaman facebook mereka agar mendapatkan informasi terbaru berkenaan dengan kegiatan-kegiatan mereka. Suatu ketika ada sebuah postingan di halaman facebook mereka yang mengumumkan bahwa mereka sedang mencari tenaga relawan twitter yang bertugas untuk memperbaharui status akun twitter mereka dengan informasi-informasi seperti konservasi alam, lingkungan, dan hewan. Saya menawarkan diri untuk posisi tersebut. Singkat kata, saya diterima dan bertugas membuat postingan twitter dalam bahasa Indonesia yang ditujukan untuk para followers Indonesia. Postingan-postingan saya bisa dibaca setiap hari Kamis.

Saya tertarik menjadi bagian dari tim ini meskipun tidak memiliki latar belakang sebagai seorang penggiat lingkungan karena sebagai orang lokal yang tinggal di daerah yang sama dengan yaki, saya prihatin melihat nasib satwa ini yang oleh segelintir penduduk masih dijadikan sebagai sumber makanan lezat yang mengakibatkan populasi hewan ini terus menurun karena perburuan. Saya berharap, melalui keterlibatan saya dalam program konservasi ini, walaupun mungkin sangat kecil, dapat memberikan sumbangsih berarti demi penyelamatan satwa yaki ini. Saya senang menjadi bagian dari tim selamatkan yaki karena secara pribadi saya juga belajar banyak hal khususnya tentang konservasi yaki. Semua orang yang tergabung dalam tim ini sangat berdedikasi. Mereka mengispirasi saya untuk memiliki sikap yang sama.

Akhir kata, brenti jo makang yaki! Stop jo piara yaki! Yaki lei suka mo hidop bebas sama deng torang.

Terima kasih selamatkan yaki!

Jono and Stenly, new faces in our Selamatkan Yaki team!

This week we would like to share with you the introduction blogs by two of our dedicated volunteers. Jono Massie, who is part of our Selamatkan Yaki translation team and Stenly Alelo, from our social media team! Like our Facebook page like Jono and Stenly did, to keep up-to-date with our latest news & activities! 

Hello followers,

In this wonderful time I would like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Jono and I come from Indonesia, a great and wonderful country. Today I live in Manado City, my hometown and the capital of North Sulawesi (the former Celebes), one of the Indonesian provinces. I graduated at the faculty of education at one of the private Universities in Manado, Klabat University, in 2006. In my spare time I like to do my outdoors hobbies such as camping, tracking, and climbing and sometimes I play futsal with my close friends. Currently, I work as teacher at NEGERI 2 KAUDITAN Junior High School North Minahasa. Jono with his beloved son RomeoWell, this time I want to share with you the story why I am involved in the Selamatkan Yaki programme. Actually, I knew Selamatkan Yaki from Facebook, at that time I really loved to find out more about this international programme concerned with nature conservation and wildlife, and I sent my friend request which was happily accepted.  From that time on, I always followed Selamatkan Yaki’s activities through their facebook‘s wall. One day, in one of their wall posts, I read that they urgently needed an Indonesian translator volunteer for their blog and I sent my application via e-mail to them. Couple of weeks later I was called for an interview by the Selamatkan Yaki team and I got accepted working as a part-time volunteer. 

Honestly, I have to say that I was very happy to be part of this wonderful group. The reason why wanted to be involved  in this programme is  because I found that the Selamatkan Yaki programme and I share the same vision and mission about the importance of preserving the Indonesian  nature and endangered animals from all kinds of threats.  My love towards nature and wildlife conservation actually started when I was in high school and it developed during my time at University.  At the time I was really interested with all nature conservation and animals’ welfare issues.  I was involved in reforestation programs held by the local government and I really enjoyed those activities.

In 2001, when I was still in university, my friends and I established a local nature organization namely “North Celebes forest watch” concerned with forest protecting. Shoulder to shoulder we did forest protecting programs and forest protecting campaigns, mostly in the public area and we worked with nature lovers clubs. We enjoyed all these activities very much! Unfortunately, in 2005 after our graduation, this mission stopped for most members of this group, as they were starting their own busy lives getting a job and getting married. Yet, in my heart my passion for nature and wildlife is still on fire, that’s why I am really enthusiastic to join  the Selamatkan Yaki team. I hope that, through this programme, I can try my very best to give the nature and all threatened species an everlasting life. That’s all guys! Don’t forget…

Together we will save the yaki! 

Stenly Alelo, SY's social media volunteer

Stenly Alelo, SY’s social media volunteer

My name is Stenly Alelo. I was born in Bitung, North Sulawesi province of Indonesia. When I was a child, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city. After completing my senior high school, I returned to my hometown and continued my study in a college in the town. I graduated from the college with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. I worked for a private bank after I got my first degree. I then decided to change my job and tried my luck in a shipping company. After working in the company for about three years, I got an opportunity to work for the local government of Bitung. This is when I was introduced to the Selamatkan Yaki Programme. I am currently a postgraduate student studying Economics in the University of Indonesia under a scholarship program.

Initially, I read information about Selamatkan Yaki on their website www.selamatkanyaki.com. I found out that what they do and I think this is completely noble. I liked their facebook page in order to get updates from their activities. One day, they announced on their facebook page that they were looking for twitter volunteers to post tweets such as on nature conservation, environmental issues, and animals through their twitter account. I volunteered for the position. Shortly, I was accepted and started to post tweets in the Indonesian language aimed for Indonesian followers. The tweets can be seen throughout the week.

I am interested to be part of this team even though I do not have any environmental background. Simply because I am a local who lives in the same country as the yaki, I concern myself with what is happening to this animal, who is sometimes served here as a desirable meal. Being hunted for their meat, yaki’s population is gradually decreasing. I truly hope that by getting involved in the programme, even if it is only a tiny part of the whole programme, I am able to contribute positively to save these macaques. I am really glad to volunteer with Selamatkan Yaki since at the same time I learn many things, in particular about yaki conservation. All the people in the team are very dedicated and they inspire me to be as dedicated as they are.

Last but not least, stop eating yaki! Stop keeping yaki as a pet! The yaki want to live freely just like we do.

Thank you Selamatkan Yaki!