The Rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) is considered one of the most important deer species in West Papua, Indonesia. It is a source of food and livelihood for the community with its antlers and skin for leather marketed for art decor. Traditional hunting of Rusa deer is a common practice in the uplands of Kebar, but modern hunting techniques together with the continuous degradation of the forest habitats have contributed to the declining deer population in the area. As a consequence, this deer species is now considered highly vulnerable.
Mr. Freddy Pattiselanno, lecturer at the Faculty of Animal Science, Fishery and Marine Science, Universitas Negeri Papua who has been involved in biodiversity conservation research, has furthered his research on the Rusa deer, which he initiated as part of his SEARCA scholarship in 2001. He completed his MS in Animal Science at UP Los Baños in 2004. He was likewise a recipient of the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training in 2011 to study the impacts of wildlife hunting on biodiversity conservation in West Papua, and through the SEARCA Travel Grant, presented a paper on tropical forest management in Indonesia at the 2013 Institute of Foresters of Australia National Conference in Canberra, Australia on 7-11 April 2013.
Patisselanno is now pursuing his PhD at the James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. His new book "Deer (Cervus timorensis) at the Highland Kebar, West Papua, Indonesia" released by Lambert Academic Publishing, discussed the salient points of his research.
Deer (Cervus timorensis) at the Highland Kebar, West Papua, IndonesiaPattiselanno's research provides relevant information towards crafting sustainable practices and policies towards the preservation of this valuable natural resource. Some recommendations from his book include establishing a wildlife sanctuary, which should form part of the upland Kebar's development plan, and encouraging sustainable practices among local communities. To further manage the deer population in Indonesia, Patitiselanno also recommends studying the reproductive behavior of the deer, particularly under farming conditions.
Pattiselanno's book is available at the SEARCA Library for students and researchers who need information on the Rusa deer.