Yes, on ground level they are still working hard to make the release of the wild leopards Sawal and Dimas a fact. Sadly, things in Indonesia are not going fast, as you can expect of a country with an attitude “if not today, there’s always tomorrow!”
But currently there’s a meeting with Ciremai National Park to talk things through about the release and to put camera traps in the centre of this Park to continue with the assessment in that area. It is a difficult project as there’s little info and experience in the release of Javan leopards and no knowledge of suitable area to do a release as such in which the leopards will be safe.
The leopards are fine under the circumstances but the situation is far from ideal of course and we all cannot wait to give back their freedom. Help is offered now from a person experienced in surveys, camera trapping etc. so let’s hope this will speed up the assessment in the Ciremai National Park. Our fundraising #3 is still on for 5 more days, for everyone who still wants to support this release project and everything to do with it, a very valuable and time consuming operation. In the meantime we keep you up-dated whenever there’s news!!