The Coordinator of Habitat Management Program of Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area (JRSCA), Mr. Rusdianto, reported that a female and infant rhino entered the areas of JRSCA, Ujung Kulon National Park. Mr. Rusdianto and team encountered the footprints in March 21st, 2013 in Seuseupan (Ciprepet) area. The footprints has been measured as 18 – 19 cm and 24 – 25 cm. These footprints has been encountered again in March 24th, 2013 in plot 2 of Langkap control site in Kalajetan area. These rhinos has fed some foodplants in the area such as kitanah, harendong, andpisang kole (banana).
Last year, the Habitat Management Team of JRSCA has been identified 3 rhinos that individually different for each rhino based on their body part, such as:
The first rhino is identified as a male adult rhino who has his left ear has been teared off, 16 – 17 cm length of horn and 24 – 25 cm of footprint size. They call the rhino “Rawing” cause he has his left ear is teared off (Rawing is local language means teared off). This rhino directly observed in Cikanyere for over 25 minutes.
The second rhino is identified as a male adult rhino who has a white mark between its right ear and eye. The local people call this mark as in local language is “Tompel”, that’s way they call the rhino is “Tompel”. This rhino has been seen in river Cilintang.
The third rhino is identified as a adult male rhino who has horn that length more than 15 cm. The rhino is different individu from the other two rhinos above since he does not have a mark of his body. This rhino directly sighted in Selokan Duyung area.
So far, the development of JRSCA in Ujung Kulon National Park has shown positive results as 5 rhinos has been identified frequently visiting the area in 2012.
The entering of Javan rhinoceros from peninsula Ujung Kulon into JRSCA areas ensuring that the development of JRSCA is the right step for the conservation of Javan rhinoceros as it stated in the Strategy and the Action Plan for the Conservation of Rhino in Indonesia 2007 – 2017.