Breaking! Endangered Javan Rhino Population Continues To Grow With Recent Birth Of Two More Calves In The Ujung Kulon National Park In Indonesia

Photo By: Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry 

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) in Indonesia announced the birth of two Javan rhinos in the Ujung Kulon National Park; a male named Luther and a female named Helen. The calves were detected by monitoring results of the Ujung Kulon National Park team from March to August 2020 using 93 video camera traps.

As of August, this year, the cumulative number of Javan Rhino according to the latest data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, has reached 74 individuals, consisting of 40 males and 34 females. 15 of the rhinos are young while 59 are of juvenile-adult age.

According to Wiratno, the Director General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, five other Javan Rhinos were born in the Javan Rhino habitat in Ujung Kulon National Park since last year.

“The birth of the Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park confirms that the Javan Rhino population continues to experience natural breeding, so that it continues to provide great hope for the survival of endangered Javan Rhinos,” Wiratno said in a statement.

Wiratno then emphasized that, even in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, field monitoring was continuing, including through video camera traps. Monitoring and full protection activities will continue until the end of December 2020.

“From one birth to the next, the Javan Rhino continues to connect, and this strengthens our optimism and enthusiasm, especially in the very difficult situation during the current pandemic,” concluded Wiratno.

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