The Javan Warty Pig (Sus verrucosus) is endemic to Java and classified as ENDANGERED by the IUCN Red List. The population size of this species remains unknown and habitat destruction in the form of deforestation and hunting are the main causes of decline. Currently, the species survives in small and highly fragmented patches of habitat and under intense hunting pressure. Therefore, the establishment of a conservation captive breeding program of Javan warty Pig in Indonesia with the ultimate purpose of re-introduction has been recommended as a top priority to ensure survival of the species.
CCBC has taken this project in 2007. The first enclosures in semi natural condition were constructed to accommodate Javan Warty Pigs and they had been improved in 2008 with building some facilities including feeding rooms, new roof and sliding doors. This area is designed to provide an animal welfare option by planting many trees and giving an open air. The output of the project will be the availability of enough genetically healthy Sus verrucosus which can be candidate to a coming re-introduction program, as well as for studying the biology of this poorly known species. The long term aim of the project is to establish a viable, free ranging population in the historical distribution area of the species.
Aos, Warty Pig Keeper
The 14 Ha Cikananga Wildlife Center has the most of the necessary facilities and was selected and approved by The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) to construct the captive breeding facility with the primary goal of captive breeding to reduce the risk of extinction by establishing a genetically viable ex-situ population which can be used for re-introduction, ex-situ breeding in zoos, as well as a source for scientific investigations on the species biology.
The objectives of the project are:
a. to safeguard the long term survival of the species
b. to maintain natural biodiversity in conservation areas on Java
c. to promote local awareness about this unique endemic species on Java
d. to improve scientific knowledge on the biology and ecology of the species
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