KABAR ALAM - It is the good news from Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK). Two baby rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) or commonly called the Javan rhinoceros, were recorded being born in their natural habitat.
The recordings of the birth of the two rhinos were obtained by the Javan Rhinoceros Monitoring Team at the TNUK Office through camera traps.
From the camera trap recording, it is known that the first Javan rhino calf is male with an ID. 089.2022, recorded on September 18, 2022 at 08.29 WIB from the parent named Ratu (ID. 035.2011).
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In addition, it was also recorded that the sex of a rhinoceros calf could not be determined but had been given an ID. 090.2022, born to a mother named Menur (ID. 063.2015).
"This birth adds to the number of Javan rhino calves this year, after earlier this year, newborn Javan rhino calves were also recorded," said the Minister of Environment and Forestry (Ministry of Environment and Forestry), Siti Nurbaya in the press release, on Saturday, December 17, 2022.
"In addition to the recording of the birth of various other wild animals in 2022 and in recent years, it shows optimism that wildlife protection in Indonesia is getting better with the hard work of various parties, and of course we will continue to improve it," she added.
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Siti Nurbaya revealed that the new birth of a Javan rhinoceros calf is the routine and continuous effort of the Javan Rhinoceros Monitoring Team at the TNUK Office , which works tirelessly at the site level, including through monitoring based on camera traps.
Upon the birth of these two Javan rhino calves, Minister Siti gave the name "LordZac" to one of the calves, which was male.
"The birth of two new Javan rhino calves proves that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry continues to work to increase the Javan rhinoceros population and ensure that it will not become extinct," said Minister Siti.
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Minister Siti advised the ranks not to be complacent with the joy of the birth of this Javan rhino calf. Even though the Javan rhino can breed, it does not mean that the habitat and individuals of the Javan rhino are safe from various disturbances.
Hunting activities, predators (ajag/coyote), disease, the possibility of inbreeding, and natural disasters are facing us that threaten the existence and sustainability of the Javan rhino.
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