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SOS Rhino : In the News : Javanese Rhinos in Danger of Extinction

Javanese Rhinos in Danger of Extinction

  Dec 05 14:59

Antara News
The Indonesian News Agency 

Bogor, (ANTARA News) - Javanese rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus) are in danger of extinction due to forest destruction, forest concession activities, and hunting.

"Javanese rhinos are now only found in Ujung Kulon Peninsula. The population is about 40 to 50," said Prof. Dr. Eng. Hadi S Alikodra of the Forestry Faculty of the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, here Monday (12/5).

The rare animal used to occupy very large habitat areas spread from Sumatra, Java, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, to Bengal, south Asia.

Sumatra`s rhinos are in better condition compared to Javanese rhinos, although both species are being threatened with extinction, he said. The Population of Sumatra`s rhino is estimated to reach 200 to 300, which live in the national parks of Leuseur, Kerinci Seblat, Bukit Barisan and Way Kambas.

Both Javanese and Sumatra`s rhinos are very sensitive animals which require intact natural forests as their habitat for reproduction.

Worldwide, rhino`s population is estimated to reach 400 to 700. In the past 10 years, the population has decreased by 50 per cent, he said.(*)

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