December 01, 2023

Adorable Endangered Sumatran Rhino Calf Born

Conservation efforts in Indonesia are paying off as a rare Sumatran rhino calf was recently born at Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province.

The calf – which is yet to be named – belongs to a critically endangered subspecies of rhinoceros which only has around 40 members left in the world.

According to reports, a conservation guard found the 25-kilogram newborn calf with his mother ten days before the organisation had expected him to be born. However, both animals are happy and healthy.

Sumatran rhinos are closely related to the extinct woolly rhinos, which is reflected in their appearance as they are covered in long hair. However, they also happen to be the smallest rhino species in the world and are the only type of Asian rhino that has two horns.

While the species were previously found in Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, and possibly further afield; their numbers have dwindled due to severe habitat loss and poachers.

The tiny rhinos currently survive in small, fragmented non-viable populations, which the Environment and Forestry Ministry for Indonesia has been putting significant effort into maintaining and growing.

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