Ujung Kulon National Park

Last June I led a somewhat physically challenging but extremely enjoyable Royle Safaris trip to the core area of Ujung Kulon National Park, Java. Some things didn’t go as planned (for starters, there was no dry season this year), but we managed to see over 50 species of mammals; among the highlights were an undescribed species or subspecies of giant flying squirrel, both native cats, and 7-8 Javan endemics, including the super-rare Javan giant mastiff bat. Trip report


NB This report triggered an interesting and lively discussion on what evidence is acceptable when “claiming” a species. The thread here also includes more background on what was recorded on this trip and why.  Jon


  • Lee Harding

    Re: Vladimir Dinets, Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Trip Report:
    The giant flying squirrel is interesting. I’ve seen both Red and Spotted Giant Flying Squirrels in nearby Borneo, and Yunnan Giant Flying Squirrel in Yunnan (Han L-X, Harding L (2013) Behaviour of Yunnan giant flying squirrel (Petaurista yunnanensis) at Gaoligong Mountains, Yunnan, China Taprobanica 5: 87-88.). Petaurista taxonomy is in need of revision; some sections of Squirrels of the World (Thorington et al., 2012) are out of date in this respect. I hope to see further reports of your unidentified species or subspecies.

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