THE JAKARTA POST
January 24, 2000
BANDARLAMPUNG, Lampung: - Copyright 2000 Two endangered species,
the Sumatran rhinoceros (dicerorhinuss Sumatrensis) and Sumatran
tiger (panthera tigris Sumatrensis), in sanctuary at South Bukit
Barisan National Park, have rarely been seen over the last four
years, researchers reported.
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesian Program,
Margaret F. Kinnaird and Hariyo T. Wibisono, and an expert of the
Rhino Protection Unit, Arief Rubianto, said in their report on Saturday
that the national park was prone to illegal hunting and deforestation.
Illegal hunters, including some alleged military personnel, also
hunted elephants, deers and boars, Arief said. The park was established
on 356,800 acres of land.
Arief said he spotted some young rhinoceroses some time ago, speculating
that the animals may have been bred without human assistance.