Two little Java rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus) they have been spotted in a national park in Indonesia because births have become rare in this mammal which is one of the most endangered in the world.
Two very young rhinos
The two youngsters, who are said to be between three months and a year old, were filmed in March 2021 with cameras hidden in Ujung Kulon National Park, the environment ministry said. This 5,100-hectare park, in the far west of the Indonesian island of Java, is the last wild habitat of the species. “Our rhino surveillance team took a picture of 150 cameras hidden on the Ujung Kulon Peninsula“Anggono, director of Indonesia’s national parks, told AFP.”This year the cameras noticed two toddlers, and last year two moresaid an official who, like many Indonesians, has only one name.
73 specimens on Earth
After years of decline, the total population of the species is estimated at 73 individuals. The Java rhino has a horn and large armor-like folds of skin. These rhinos used to be thousands throughout Southeast Asia to India and China, but they were decimated by poaching and human invasion of their settlements.