Video shows rare rhino calves in Indonesia
A mother and male Javan rhino calf are shown in this image taken from video shot in December.
February 28th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Video shows rare rhino calves in Indonesia

Remote video cameras in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park have photographed images of two Javan rhino calves, bringing new hope for a species thought to number no more than 50 in the wild.

The calves, one male and one female, were recorded in November and December in the park in southwestern Java, the World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia said Monday.

The two calves bring to 14 the number of calves identified in the park in 10 years, according to the organization and park authorities.

“This female calf documentation is a breath of fresh air for us - and Javan rhino conservation in general - since (the) majority of calves we identified previously was male. This is good news to ensure that the population is viable,” Adhi Hariyadi, project leader of World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia Ujung Kulon Program, said in a statement.

The Javan rhino is believed to survive in the wild only in Ujung Kulon and in much smaller numbers in Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The rhinos' numbers were slashed by poaching, but the organization said there have been no recorded poaching deaths of the Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon in more than 20 years.

With the discovery of the rhino calves, the WWF said it will try to move some of the Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon to a newly established conservation area later this year.

"Establishing a new population is an essential buffer against a potential tsunami and an outbreak of disease and/or poaching," WWF spokeswoman Caroline Behringer said in an email.

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  1. Cesar

    Israel is becoming a nation

    March 1, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      it already is a nation dipp-wadd

      March 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Soco Steve

    Why are Chinese people so stupid. They have all but killed every one of these animals so they can grind down their horns – which is basically toenail material – and eat it. Why you may ask, well to make them more manly of course.

    Hey you brain donor primates, go buy a case of viagra and leave the damn animals alone.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jane

    I just read that the Javan Rhinos have remained relatively unchanged for the last 1 million years! If you want to learn more about the rhinos and other endangered creatures you should check out this website.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Silvia

    Lion AidNamibia is a very minor rhino trophy expertor 28 from 2000-2009 when reliable CITES records end. During that time they imported 70 live animals from South AfricaSouth Africa, on the other hand, exported 1393 trophies during the same period. Vietnam only became a player in the trophy game in 2003, but from then to 2009 they have imported 212 trophies, 84 horns, 118 bones, and 25 bodies according to CITES. Vietnam is only interested in rhino trophies, they seem to hunt no other species at all.Alarm bells should have been ringing much earlier 197 of the 212 trophy imports to Vietnam are since 2006. Nobody was paying much attention to this strange trend in a sudden and exclusive interest among Vietnamese to hunt rhinos? The writing has been on the wall for a long time, and Soth Africa, CITES, TRAFFIC, and the EIA should have been paying much closer attention perhaps also the rhino NGOs?

    April 24, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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