Sulawesi Regional Programme
Sulawesi in Indonesia is the largest island in the Wallacean region, an area of amazing wildlife where Asian and Australasian flora and fauna meet.
Wallacea is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots due to its high number of endemic plants and animals. Sulawesi has the greatest endemism in Indonesia and it is estimated that 25% of its bird species and 62% of its mammal species (98% excluding bats) are unique to the island. Some of the unique but highly threatened Sulawesi vertebrates include the babirusa, anoa (which can be seen at Paignton Zoo), maleo and Sulawesi forest turtle. Despite the importance of this island for biodiversity conservation, funding has been low relative to other areas in Indonesia.
WWCT has selected Sulawesi as one of its Regional Conservation Programmes due to the area’s extraordinary biodiversity and because the captive breeding programme for the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque is managed by Paignton Zoo. This amazing monkey is a great flagship species for the island and is the focus of our conservation project in Sulawesi, Selamatkan Yaki (Save the Sulawesi crested black macaque!).