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Satria Bird Market

Habitat of Hobbyist Transformed into a City Tour Attraction

Satria Bird MarketIf you are an animal hobbyist, you will be very familiar with this place, namely the Satria Bird Market. Indeed, the title does not exactly fit with the bird market because this business premise does not only trade birds but also other species of pets. They are dogs, fish, cats, monkeys and so on. Meanwhile, the name Satria is closely related to location right within the area of Satria Palace.

Bird market is one of the unique tourist attractions downtown Denpasar. It is located on Jalan Veteran, Denpasar, precisely in the outermost courtyard of family temple of Satria Palace Denpasar. The market was pioneered in 1980 and then arranged by the government in 1991. In 2000 the market began to grow until it was inaugurated by the deputy mayor at the time, I Ketut Robin. Finally, in 2001-2012, the Denpasar Government Tourist Office started building some supporting facilities such as money changers and toilet.

In the midst of the strong desire of animal hobbyist, it is pointed out as the market trading endangered animals protected by law. Is that right? Related to this allegation, the Head of the Denpasar Government Tourism Office, I Putu Budiasa, said the market was managed by the family of Satria Palace Denpasar running as usual and there were no problems so far. Similarly, local and foreign guests made a visit normally. “If there is a transaction of protected animals, it may be committed secretly. We do not know the situation at the rear,” he said.

According to him, the animals on sale in the bird market might be encountered by people by chance or accidentally. They captured and sold it. “A lot of common people can obtain the animals at their surrounding such as snakes, monkeys, birds and the like. However, they do not know whether it is protected or not,” he explained.

Budiasa hoped the market managed by the royal servants could run and grow well. Since the market was unique, it could enrich to the number of tourist attractions in Denpasar. Especially, today tourists were more interested in the city tour. “To support the object, we from the Government Tourist Office has also been working with the Indonesian Tourist Guides Association (HPI) to provide courses and coaching for traders there,” he explained.

Meanwhile, based on information collected from the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Bali, the Satria Bird Market was one of the objects required to be raided other than the Bedugul, Kintamani and Sangeh. So far, the BKSDA authority had been conducting an investigation to the bird market. Apparently, there were traders found the selling of protected animals. In the past, such a case happened for several times and the suspect was arrested and dealt with. Finally, the sale and purchasing case of protected animals occurred in 2008, where BKSDA had caught the perpetrator with the sale of parrots (one of the protected animals).

According to the BKSDA, if people found any rare wild animals, it should be reported to BKSDA to be followed up. If they belonged to the list of protected animals, then the BKSDA would take it to zoo for treatment, to be protected and preserved. The BKSDA asserted the actions such as capturing, maintaining and trading protected animals posed a violation against the law.

Currently, the existence of Satria Bird Market progressively developed and was in demand by Bali local tourists and foreigners such as from Australia and Europe. “They are mostly interested in buying animals such as birds, mammals and animal food,” said Citra, a staff of Satria Bird Market. (BTN/ocha)

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