The journey is not only to capture the stories of this exotic endemic species, but also to capture the inspiring stories from the local communities and people who are actively involved in conservation that become the backbone of the livelihood in the west tip of Java Island. This expedition is hoped give a voice to those that may have left in silence – about those who have survived in silence.
Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is Indonesia’s pride endangered species in the world. The last data from Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) recorded that there are only 68 individuals in the Javan rhino population, with the ratio of 31 females and 37 males. This population also copes with numerous dangers from the natural disaster such as tsunami due to the eruption of the actively charged Anak Gunung Krakatau Mountain, to the illegal activities from the local communities within the national park such as poaching and encroachment.
UKNP is located directly to 19 buffer villages that have existed way before the area is stated as the national park and conservation area. This also puts the local communities’ big influence on their perception, tradition, local custom, and activity towards the Ujung Kulon nature. Also equally important is the noble effort for conservation stands in for one goal – the hope for the realization of Javan rhino and Ujung Kulon conservation.
A. Natural Disaster
B. Lack of distribution of Javan rhino food plant due to the invasive arenga palm plant
C. Illegal activity
D. Infrastructure development for tourism
E. Territorial competition due to the diminished carrying capacity
F. Wildlife disease due to the livestock distribution into UKNP
G. Ujung Kulon National Park as the last habitat for Javan rhino
Second Habitat For The Javan Rhino
Second habitat is a collaborative effort that involves the government and multi stakeholders to save the species from the extinction. By translocating the selected individuals to the new habitat, is hoped can minimize the risk of extinction by creating a new population with lesser threats that can flourish. This new population is set to secure and help the population.
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