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. Donna

    Love the happy stories of Mother Nature and the Animal Kingdom making it. I would like to know how they have stopped poachers for the last 20 years...impliment that in other coutries where animals are being poached and save them. Would have like to seen the babies...

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. 420High

    That's good rhino skin isn't popular anymore GREAT!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. U.s. ranchers and wolves

    always so much care for the land value and very little care for anything living on it. Obsolete Hemmingway America. Bambi is good.. Wilderness and the unknown is bad?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    How cool is that? Hope they continue to survive, be fruitful, and multiply.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    I guess they have the E.T. cuteness, it has to grow on ya. I thought all baby animals were cute.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    the problem is that people grind up the baby rhinos and use that and truck bed protection... if we could just get rid of "rhino-liner"

    the rhino population might go back up..

    February 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Cept humans. as handsome as my kids are now,the first one came out like winston churchill and the other like wc fields.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A country boy will survive

    Ruffnut you are an !d!ot.... But anyways lets all get rifles and go hunting time to go bag me a rhino.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    I WANT SOME RHINO BOOTS!!.. also a motorcycle helmut made of a baby rhino head would be awesome...

    February 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @ RUFFNUTT:

    *facepalm*

    February 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    just give em some rhino-chow and some viagra...they'll be ok..

    February 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Miss Anthrope

    Yes, but who do they call if they have more than a four-hour (ahem!)?

    February 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    THE park ranger i guess.. i'd call my friends and be like yeah guess what!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miss Anthrope

    Get out your camera phone...

    February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Miss Anthrope

    "Hey, Ranger Rick, you might want to take a look at this..."

    February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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