10 August 2017 – #AnimalsofCikananga, today: The Javan Leopards – (Panthera Pardus Melas) IUCN: Critically Endangered
Currently there are 6 Javan Leopards in Cikananga, who all once lived in the wild. To put that in perspective: With possibly less than 100 individuals left in the wild, this could be 6% (!) of the complete wild population and numbers are declining. We have dedicated much of our small resources to the Javan Leopards as we think we change the future and help secure the survival of this species. We have named this the ‘Javan Leopard Release Program’. This program will help to expand the population, and provides important information about releasing Javan Leopards as there is no release experience at all with this species.
Most Javan Leopards in Cikananga are victim of a conflict with humans: As the habitats shrink it’s impossible for to find their own solitary habitat: As their last resort they go to a village to find a goat, chickens or else. There they get captured and if an immediate return is impossible, our rescue team can only take them to Cikananga.
In the coming months we will move all Leopards to the new facilities that we are building in Cikananga which will be the first major step in a return to the wild. We hope to realize release in the coming years, but we cannot do this without support from individuals and organisations. Do you want to make a difference!? Please help #SAVETHEJAVANLEOPARD before it’s too late and donate.
More on our Javan Leopard Release Program can be found here
In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.
Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the –very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife.
Photo: Iing Naturalica