Hidden Camera Catches Critically Endangered Javan Rhino Calves in Ujung Kulon National Park

Category: World / Nov 17, 2012 4:59PM EDT
Critically endangered Javan Rhinoceroses have been captured on hidden motion-activated video cameras in Ujung Kulon National Park, the park official said on Friday (November 16). Six new Javan Rhino calves appeared on a footage shot in the dense tropical rain forests of an Indonesian national park in the western-most region of Java island, giving conservationists proof that the species is still breeding. A video recorded in November 2012 showed a mother and calves, walking in front of the hidden cameras. "Judging from the size of their bodies, we estimated the six calves are between one to two years of age. They are also still with their mothers," said Mohmmad Haryono, head of the park. Thirty-five adult rhinos were caught on camera in December last year. Conservation group, WWF said there are as few as 40 Javan Rhinos left in the world and there are none in captivity, making it one of the rarest mammals on the planet. "With these six additions, the total population in the Park is now, at least, 41," Haryono added. The species is threatened by poaching, disease introduced by domestic cattle and also natural disasters which may destroy their natural habitat. The WWF is working with several other rhino conservation groups to protect the species, monitor the remaining Javan Rhinos and help preserve their habitat.