With an estimated 40 left in the world, the Javan rhinoceros is a rare sight. Amazingly, the animal was just recently captured on video.
The rhinoceroses were spotted on video at Ujung Kulon National Park, which is on the island of Java in Indonesia. The park installed motion-sensor cameras to try and spot the animals.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that the Javan rhinoceroses have nearly become extinct because of poaching and loss of habitat. The rhinos once lived in places such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Poachers are after the Javan rhinoceros because it’s horns are believed to possess healing properties.
Hope For The Rhinos
Scientists are optimistic for the Javan rhinoceros because they spotted a female in the video. They hope that the rhino will be able to recover it’s population.
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- Rare Rhino Makes Public Appearance (NPR)