Thursday, 15 March 2012

Hunt is on for 'extinct' Javan tiger

A Javan tiger captured on film in 1938.
Meru Betiri National Park officers have installed five trap cameras to establish the existence of Javanese tigers (Panthera tigris sondaica), now believed to be extinct, according to Antara News.

In the past two months, efforts to find Javanese tigers have been stepped up at the national park, according to chairman of the TNMB Bambang Darmadja.

"Many people believe that Javanese tigers are extinct. So we are trying to prove that the endangered animal still exist at Meru Betiri, by installing trap cameras," he said.

The national park covering a total area of 58,000 hectares is located in Jamber and Banyuwangi District, East Java Province.

According to a research conducted in 1997, officers found footprints and dung strongly believed to be that of Javanese tigers.

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