The moment Rasi leaving the habituation cage
On Saturday 5th of March it was finally time for the release of Javan Leopard Rasi! For the first time in history a long-term rehabilitated Javan leopard was released. Which means it was an exciting day for not only Rasi but also for all teams involved in the 2.5 year preparations to this very moment. CCTV cameras show her leaving her enclosure around 12:30 and going quickly through the 30 mtr funnel going up Ciremai Mountain.
With the help of the GPS collar we will intensively monitor the released leopard for at least 6 months to confirm survival, identify the new territory and monitor if Rasi might come to close to local villages. The first night she stayed in a nearby dark patch of forest and the days that following she started very slowly exploring her new environment.
We thank all involved parties and teams @gunung_ciremai @bbksda_jabar @indonesianwildlife @jakartaanimalaidnetwork @glzoojogja @sintas_indonesia and looking forward continuing our work this coming months to ensure safety of Rasi.
And especially Cikananga sponsors for making this possible: Animal Welfare Foundation Wolfgang Bosche, Fans for Nature and Wanicare Foundation