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The Primate Trade in North Sumatra

Primate trading occurs not only on the islands of Java and Bali, but also in North Sumatra. With IPPL support, KSBK conducted a market survey between August and October 2000. Our survey revealed that the primate trade in some regions in North Sumatra is high. The primates are traded freely and without control.

Some locations that were surveyed by KSBK members in North Sumatra were the Medan Bird Market; Pematang Siantar; Desa (Village) Bingkawan on Deli Serdang; Bukit Lawang near Gunung Leuser National Park; and Simbahe.

Medan Bird Market

The Medan Bird Market is the biggest bird market in North Sumatra. It is situated on Fl. Tobing Street, but the people prefer to call this place Jalan Bintang.

Just as they do at bird markets on Java and Bali, traders sell not just birds but also primates, even though they call the market a "bird market."

The most frequently traded primates are the slow loris, the pig-tail macaque, and the long-tailed macaque. KSBK recorded six individual slow lorises, 15 pig-tailed macaques, and 20 long-tailed macaques traded at Medan Bird Market during a check conducted on 25 October 2000.

Prices varied but were very low. A slow loris sold for around 60,000- 100,000 rupiah (US $6-10); a pig-tail macaque cost 150,000 rupiah (US $15); and 60,000-100,000 rupiah (US $6-10) was the cost of a long-tailed macaque.

Some other protected species are also traded at this bird market, such as the Bengal cat, the yellow-crested cockatoo, the black-capped lory, the Moluccan cockatoo and the sun bear. A sun bear was offered for 1,000,000 rupiah (US $105).

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