Indonesian Citizen Journalists Association Visit

On Monday, February 26, 2024, the TNUK Center received a visit from the Indonesian Citizen Journalists Association (PPWI). Wilson Lalengke S.Pd., M.Sc., MA, as the Chairman of PPWI, was present during the visit and received a warm welcome from the Head of Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), Ardi Andono, S.TP., M.Sc.

Ardi Andono and Wilson Lalengke
Ardi Andono Head of Ujung Kulon National Park and Wilson Lalengke, chairman of PPWI

To kick off the event, the TNUK Center presented a video showcasing the behavior and habitat of the Javan Rhinoceros. Then, the head of the TNUK Center gave a presentation on the History of Javan Rhinoceros Distribution, Javan Rhinoceros Management, Challenges in Javan Rhinoceros Management, Javan Rhinoceros Monitoring, Javan Rhinoceros Population Structure, and the construction of JRSCA.

During the same occasion, he also conveyed that the Primary Goal in managing the Javan Rhinoceros in TNUK includes Haplotype selection, Javan Rhinoceros relocation to JRSCA, increasing pregnancy and birth frequency in the existing population (5 births per year), reproductive engineering if necessary, up to the Javan Rhinoceros reintroduction process.

The Chairman of PPWI expressed gratitude to the Head of the Center and his team for providing knowledge and insight regarding TNUK, especially the Javan Rhinoceros. He also expressed his support and invited all elements of society and Law Enforcement Officers to collectively preserve and conserve the Javan Rhinoceros.

The Head of the TNUK Center also expressed thanks for the visit of the Chairman and PPWI colleagues to the TNUK Center and supported the existence of PPWI in Pandeglang. He reiterated that Ujung Kulon is the sole habitat of the Javan Rhinoceros, thus its habitat needs to be protected and preserved. Therefore, support from journalists as a means of raising awareness among the public is needed for the conservation of the Javan Rhinoceros.

At the end of the event, the Chairman of PPWI presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Head of the TNUK Center for extraordinary dedication in serving the community and inspiring many. Not forgetting, the Head of the TNUK Center also presented a memento in the form of a carved Javan Rhinoceros statue to the Chairman of PPWI.