Research Program

Artificial Insemination and Semen Collection in SRS Way Kambas

Artificial Insemination (AI) is a deliberate injection of spermatozoa into oviduct for the purpose of achieving a pregnancy through fertilisation by means of other than copulation. Artificial insemination is a common practice in the breeding of cattles to increase the number of animals like cows, sheeps, and etc. For rhinos, AI is a relatively new reproduction technic – this technic was first implemented in Hongaria in 2006 – yet, it has been implemented frequently to rhinos. SRS, through this breeding program, has applied Artificial Insemination method to female rhinos (namely Bina) and will probably apply it to another rhino (namely Ratu and Rosa). As already known, Bina haven’t bred yet during their staying in SRS.

For male Sumatran Rhino, we have semen collection program that regurarly collected from male sumatran rhinos in SRS Way Kambas, there are Andalas, Andatu, and Harapan. These rhinos have been proven to be productive and able to produce good quality of spermatozoa. SRS way kambas has successfully collected male sumatran rhinos semen straw and stored it in nitrogen liquid at SRS Way Kambas laboratorium.

Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area

In order to create a better conservation strategy for javan rhino, we believe intensive study on the species is required. Therefore, since 2021, we have improved the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area (JRSCA) facility through infrastructure development and vegetation monitoring in order to give the best habitat possible for javan rhino. Up until now, there has been 202.3 ha of forest maintained from Arenga obtusifolia, the invasive species that outcompete javan rhino feeding plants. 

Education Program

Rhino Goes To School

We have “Rhino Goes to School” activity that included in YABI’s education program. Rhino Goes to School is a fun-learning program that teaches local students (especially for elementary school) about rhinos in Indonesia through interactive activities, such as reading poetry, drawing, and storytelling. The target audience of this program is students either in cities (especially near Jakarta capital city) or those who are close to the national park areas where rhino live.