javan rhino

This handout still image taken from video footage on May 22, 2020 and released by the Environment and Forestry Ministry on September 20, 2020 shows a male Javan rhinoceros calf named Luther (L) in Ujung Kulon national park in Indonesia’s Banten province.
Two extremely rare Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted in an Indonesian national park, boosting hopes for the future of one of the world’s most endangered mammals.
Image: Handout / ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY MINISTRY / AFP

Two rare Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesia

Two Javan rhino calves have been spotted at an Indonesian national park, offering a rare sighting of one of the world’s most endangered mammals.

javan rhino

This handout still image taken from video footage on May 22, 2020 and released by the Environment and Forestry Ministry on September 20, 2020 shows a male Javan rhinoceros calf named Luther (L) in Ujung Kulon national park in Indonesia’s Banten province.
Two extremely rare Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted in an Indonesian national park, boosting hopes for the future of one of the world’s most endangered mammals.
Image: Handout / ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY MINISTRY / AFP

Two Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted at an Indonesian national park, offering a rare sighting of one of the world’s most endangered mammals.

The pair — ranging in age from three months to one year — were caught on footage snapped by camera traps in March at Ujung Kulon national park, the environment ministry said.

Last remaing wild habitat for Javan rhinos

On the westernmost tip of Java island, Ujung Kulon is the last remaining wild habitat for Javan rhinos.

After years of population decline, there are believed to be just 73 of the rare mammals at the sanctuary, which comprises some 5 100ha of lush rainforest and freshwater streams.

Javan rhinos have folds of loose skin giving them the appearance of wearing armour plating.

Threat of poaching and human encroachment

They once numbered in the thousands across Southeast Asia, but have been hard hit by rampant poaching and human encroachment on their habitats.

By © Agence France-Presse