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New rhino sanctuary opened in Way Kambas National Park (Indonesia)

Ludhy Cahyana, Tempo.Co | October 31, 2019

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JAKARTA: Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) of Environment and Forestry Ministry was set to open the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary II at Way Kambas National Park, East Lampung, in commemoration of World’s Rhino Day.

The KSDAE Director-General Wiratno said the new sanctuary was the expansion of the first one, which was built in 1996. For the inauguration, his side invited Lampung Governor Arinal Djunaidi.

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“Lampung Governor appreciates and supports this program. He also supports programs of KSDAE on efforts to integrate forestry conservation programs, develop tourism and region,” said Wiratno.

He further explained that the sanctuary was aimed at enhancing the population of Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), which considered an endangered animal.

The existence of Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary II, Wiratno added, would add to the list of natural tourist attractions and conservations in Lampung among Bukit Barisan National Park, Way Kambas National Park, Mount Anak Krakatau, and Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary I.