PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) engaged in tin, gold and silver mining operations in Mimika regency, Papua province, is still in the forefront in preserving fauna and flora, including releasing the rare pig-nose turtles (Carettochelys insclupta).
Spokesman for PT FI Ramdani Sirait said from Timika on Sunday on Freeport`s involvement in preserving rare animals in Papua during 2010.
He said PTFI continued its efforts of taking the initiative of preserving the rare animals by facilitating the release of the rare animals into their natural habitat in Papua.
Ramdani said the effort was not only carried out by PTFI in 2010, but also on August 28, 2006. Freeport cooperated with the Animal Saving Center Network (JPPS) in Cikananga, Sukabumi, West Java, and the Directorate General of Forestry Protection and Natural Conservation of the Forestry Ministry had released at least 2,930 Carettochelys insclupta.
The rare and protected animals had been flown from Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta to Timika, Papua, by cargo aircraft facilitated by PT Freeport Indonesia. The turtles had been set free into their natural habitat.