13 Aug 2019

Zoos, governments, conservationists and academics from around the world are joining forces to achieve greater impact through Action Indonesia, a global plan to protect three of Indonesia’s most impressive and threatened species

Banteng, babirusa and anoa aren’t the usual species you’d think of as being at the heart of a global conservation plan, but these impressive animals have an unfortunate thing in common- they are all threatened by habitat loss and hunting. International specialists from over 50 organisations, including six Chester Zoo staff members, are combining their knowledge, skills and passion to protect these incredible Indonesian ungulates and you can help too!

We have all three species here at Chester Zoo and they are part of the ex- situ breeding programme, which ensures a healthy and genetically diverse population in zoos and helps prevent the species from going extinct. In Indonesia some of the banteng bred in zoos are being released into protected areas. Research in zoos and in the wild is helping us learn more about these species and how we can conserve them and their habitats. Engaging with the communities who live near wild populations is really important for tackling hunting of wild banteng, babirusa and anoa and safeguarding their habitats.

Stuart Young is the Programme Officer for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Commission (SSC), and Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, a position co-funded by Chester Zoo. He helps to coordinate the Action Indonesia partnership.


The collaboration between zoo experts, conservationists in the field and the Indonesian government has been the key to the success of Action Indonesia so far. Chester Zoo is a major supporter, and it’s great to see how the expertise provided by the zoo can help anoa, banteng and babirusa.

Stuart Young, Programme Officer for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Commission (SSC), and Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group.

You can be a part of it too!

Raising awareness with zoo visitors and communities around the world is vital for spreading the word about these amazing animals and for building support for their conservation. Why don’t you get involved and come to the zoo for the first ever Action Indonesia Day, 18 August 2019! There will be lots of fun family activities and talks to celebrate banteng, babirusa and anoa.

Find out more about how you can help to protect banteng, babirusa & anoa

Action Indonesia Day!

Come to the Zoo for our first ever International Action Indonesia Day on Sunday 18 August and join forces with over 50 international organisation working to save these species.

Join the fun and games at the zoo and take action for these amazing Indonesian animals.


NOW is the time to ACT FOR WILDLIFE. Conservation is CRITICAL; species are under threat. TOGETHER we can make a BIG difference. Take action TODAY and join us in PREVENTING EXTINCTION.