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I Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha, DVM
I Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha specializes in cultural exchange, wildlife conservation, habitat regeneration and community sustainability. Building on his degree in veterinary science and extensive experience running conservation and regeneration projects throughout Indonesia, he founded Friends of the National Parks Foundation in 1997. He has also worked in Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo and in Bali and Nusa Penida Islands.
His approach fully integrates local communities into the conservation process in a way that provides communities with income and education to restore habitat and protect endangered wildlife species such as the Bali Starling, which is almost extinct.
In 2005 and 2007, he was nominated for the Kalpataru Award, which is Indonesia’s highest award for environmental achievements. He also was named Conservation Pioneer by the Bali Provincial government. In 2012, he received “The Art of Activism” Award from Rainforest Action Network in the United States, and in 2022, Yale University awarded him the Top Winner of Innovation prize at the International Society of Tropical Foresters conference.
Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) adaptation ability in different habitats
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Udayana, Bali, Indonesia