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Jakarta Post

Ox population in East Java park increases despite threats

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 9 2010   /  09:30 am

Scientists have reported an increase in the population of Javanese wild ox, locally known as banteng, in Alas Purwo National Park in Banyuwangi, East Java, despite the threats of poaching and lose of habitat facing the species.

The latest study, conducted in a controlled area in the park last month, recorded 73 banteng, an increase from 50 counted in a census years earlier.

“We found 73 banteng in the 80-hectare savanna area, which is their feeding ground,” Dian Sulastini, the park’s ecosystem control officer said at a biodiversity workshop here over the weekend.

She said the increase was mainly the result of intensified efforts to preserve the animals’ habitat.

“We carried out a regular survey in the savanna area and we also found there were infants, which indicate that the population is growing and reproducing,” she said.

She said th...