The Jakarta Post
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 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...