Monday, 14 September 2015

Three critically endangered Javan rhinoceros calves spotted in Indonesia






Three critically endangered Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus) calves have been seen on camera in Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia, the WWF have reported. This discovery of the calves raises the number of critically endangered Javan rhinos from 57 to 60.

Javan rhinos are the most threatened of the five rhino species, and according to the IUCN there are three recognised subspecies Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus, Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus, and Rhinoceros sondaicus inermis (Extinct) The subspecies Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus formerly occurred from Thailand through Malaysia, to the islands of Java and Sumatra (Indonesia). However today the only remaining population occurs on the Ujung Kulon Peninsula (which forms the westernmost extremity of the island of Java. They are a dusky grey colour and has a single horn of up to about 10 inches


Watch some footage of one above (Credit: Ujung Kulon National Park)

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