Good News for Wildlife Enthusiasts: Javan Leopard Population Increases by 30% in Meru Betiri National Park

Good News for Wildlife Enthusiasts Javan Leopard Population Increases by 30% in Meru Betiri National Park

Astonishing Discovery for Nature Lovers – The Javan leopard (Panthera Pardus Melas) population in Meru Betiri National Park, East Java, has shown a remarkable increase in recent years. According to data from Radar Semarang, the number of Javan leopards has surged by 30% in 2023, reaching a total of 22 individual leopards observed by the research team.

Camera Trap Technology Confirms the Rise

The installation of camera traps to monitor the leopard population

This significant increase was confirmed by camera trap footage, which successfully captured each individual Javan leopard. The installation of camera traps to monitor the leopard population began in 2017, providing valuable insights into their behavior and habitat.

Encouraging Signs for a Thriving Ecosystem

The camera traps also recorded various prey species of the Javan leopard, such as wild boars, deer, long-tailed monkeys, and lutungs. This indicates a healthy ecosystem where the leopards can thrive and play their vital role in the food chain.

Positive Trends for Wildlife Conservation

The Head of the Meru Betiri National Park, Nuryadi, shared that the population trend of several wild animals in the park has been showing a positive increase since 2017. This includes not only the Javan leopard but also other species such as banteng, Javan eagle, and green turtles.

Javan Leopard at Meru Betiri Park

Collaborative Efforts for a Sustainable Future

Nuryadi emphasized the importance of joint efforts from park authorities and local communities to safeguard the Meru Betiri National Park and its diverse wildlife. He encouraged people living near the buffer zone of the forest to actively participate in conservation efforts to ensure the long-term protection of flora and fauna.

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Uncovering the Wonders of Meru Betiri National Park

Established as a nature conservation area, Meru Betiri National Park encompasses a vast area of 52,626.04 hectares across Jember and Banyuwangi districts in East Java. The park boasts a pristine ecosystem, featuring five distinct types of forests: lowland rainforest, coastal forest, mangrove forest, swamp forest, and rheophytic forest.

Meru Betiri National Park at East Java
Meru Betiri National Park at East Java

A Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

Meru Betiri National Park is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna. The park’s rich biodiversity encompasses 602 species of flora, including 15 protected species, and 512 species of fauna, comprising 31 mammals, 6 reptiles, 254 birds, 123 insects, 40 fish, and 10 amphibians.

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