Ujung Kulon Park Records Increase in Javanese Rhino Population

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  • A video trap captures the movement of the Javan Rhino cub in Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK). (Photo/TNUK)

    A video trap captures the movement of the Javan Rhino cub in Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK). (Photo/TNUK)

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A Javanese rhino gave birth to two calves at the Ujung Kulon National Park in Banten Province, according to the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

    The two Javanese rhino calves were recorded in the camera trap at the national park located in the western tip of Java Island on March 18, 2021, the ministry noted in a press statement released on Saturday.

    The two rhino calves were born to a female rhino named Ambu, who had last given birth to a baby in 2017.

    Meanwhile, the nearly one-year-old Javanese rhino calf was also recorded in the camera trap in March 2021 along with its parent named Palasari.

    The Environment and Forestry Ministry stated that the two rhino calves were the first to be born in 2021.

    The birth of the two Javanese rhino calves showed the success of the government's policy to protect the habitat of Javanese rhinos in the national park, according to the ministry.

    The ministry noted that the Ujungkulon national park had a total of 73 Javanese rhinos, comprising 40 male and 33 female rhinos, as of May 2021.

    Meanwhile, the Conservation Institute of the Bird Park at the Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) announced that an egg of a Javanese eagle had hatched.

    The Javanese eagle parent began to lay eggs in 2014. The hatching efforts were made from 2014 to 2020 through a natural incubation process but to no avail.

    Since 2021, the incubation process was conducted with the help of a hatching machine.

    An egg hatched to a Javanese eagle weighing 53 grams on May 29, 2021, following 23 days of incubation since May 6.

    By June 11, 2021, the Javanese eaglet was 14 days old and in good health.

    The Javanese rhino and eagle are endangered animal species protected in accordance with Government Regulation No. 7 of 1999 and Regulation of the Environment and Forestry Ministry No. 108 of 2018.

    Read: Javan Rhino Population in Ujung Kulon National Park Increases

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