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Shopping's For the Birds

Bali Hilton Sells Merchandise to Save Bali's Starlings.


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(7/15/2002)

Bali Hilton International in cooperation with Hilton Indonesia Hotels has launched a range of merchandise with proceeds going to support the preservation of Endangered Species in Indonesia.

Profits generated from the sale of T-shirts, Polo Shirts, Caps, Mugs, Postcards and Soft Toys bearing representations of Sumatran tigers, rhinos, orangutans, green turtles and Bali Starlings will be contributed to the Yayasan Kehati - a foundation dedicated to propagating the dwindling wild population of the rare Bali Starling.

Discovered by naturalist Walter Rothschild in 1912, the Leucopsar Rothschild has suffered massive depletion due to illegal poaching. While captive populations are being fostered both in Indonesia and abroad, it is estimated that less than 10 of the birds continue to live in the wilds of the West Bali National Park.

The specially prepared items are on offer at the Hilton Indonesia Hotels in Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. Commenting on the fund-raising program by the hotel to help preserve the Starlings, Mr. Ian E. McKie, Director Hotel Operations at the Bali Hilton International said, "this is part of our community outreach program demonstrating our support for the environment and the community that has created Bali as such a popular tourist destination."



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