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WWF Captures New Video of Rare Javan Rhinos

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With only 60 Javan rhinos still in existence, the World Wildlife Fund is desperately tracking the animals with 34 video cameras in their native habitat in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park to better determine their behaviors and plan a conservation effort.

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“The project is helping the most endangered large mammal species,” said Adhi Rachmat Hariyadi who leads WWF-Indonesia’s project in Ujung Kulon National Park. “We’ve already recorded video of 9 individuals, including a mother and calf.”

The rhinos are considered the most endangered mammals in the world. Fifty live in Indonesia while an estimated 5 to 10 live in Vietnam. Their population is slow to grow due to odd breeding patterns; when four calves were found in 2006, the conservation community called it a “baby boom.”

The World Wildlife Fund in conjunction with the Indonesian government, International Rhino Foundation (IRF), Asian Rhino Project (ARP), Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI), and US Fish and Wildlife Service may soon attempt to relocate some rhinos to establish a third population to protect the species from diseas outbreaks.

The above video, recorded last year, shows two rhinos wandering at night. The organization released a new video through the Guardian showing two others stomping through some mud.




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