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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 6, 2002 – The National)---Four Birds of Paradise are doing well in Tokyo, Japan.

The birds are a gift to the government and people of Japan from PNG.

They were taken to Japan on the inaugural Air Niugini flight to Tokyo on April 20.

The birds, two males and two females, will be kept at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.

They were taken from the Rainforest Habitat in Lae.

The custodian and manager, Peter Clark, and the Assistant Secretary for Biodiversity with the Department of Environment and Conservation, John Aruga, companied the birds on the flight.

Mr. Clark said the birds were doing well. Mr. Clark and Mr. Aruga returned on April 27.

Mr. Clark told The National over the weekend that the birds were in quarantine for eight days and had been released.

He said the birds would be formally handed over to the Government of Japan at Ueno Zoo on May 11.

Japan, in return, donated native cherry trees, which will be planted in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province.

More Japanese tourists arrived on the third direct flight from Tokyo yesterday. They will be visiting different parts of the country before returning to Japan on Saturday.

For additional reports from The National, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The National (Papua New Guinea).

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