Uncommon monkeys, butterflies, bats, snakes and a stunning assortment of birds – the forests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are often known as the ‘Galapagos of Asia’.

However for the way for much longer?

Humanity’s impression is now endangering the survival of Sulawesi’s creatures, lots of that are discovered nowhere else on this planet.

“80 to 90 p.c of the wildlife in Sulawesi is dealing with extinction. We’re sleepwalking into ecological catastrophe,” says Billy, who works on the Tasikoki Wildlife Refuge.

A variety of animals, from orangutans, solar bears and birds to crocodiles, might be discovered on the refuge. All of them have been taken from traffickers or individuals who stored them illegally as pets.

However Billy says the demand for “bushmeat” poses the largest risk to animals.

“Largely they’re being caught from the wild, from the forest, for bushmeat … to be served on a plate as meals,” he says.

On the Tomohon market, nearly each form of animal is on the market.

“We promote all kinds of issues, like bats, wild boar, snakes. We’ve wild rats, canine,” says David, one of many sellers.

He is been promoting bush meat right here for eight years, largely to indigenous locals.

“It is a customized that individuals have,” he says.

However that customized, together with the development of conserving wild animals as pets and the unlawful wildlife trafficking that serves that, is proving a deadly mixture.

101 East investigates how folks’s insatiable demand for uncommon wildlife is pushing Sulawesi in the direction of ecological disaster.

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Supply: Al Jazeera

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