Rare Javan Rhinos Captured on Video in Indonesia

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Rare and endangered Javan rhinos were caught on film at a national park in Indonesia. The footage gives conservationists hope in saving the species from the brink of extinction.

Critically endangered Javan rhinos have been captured on hidden video cameras at a national park in Indonesia.

Two adults and two calves appeared on footage shot in the dense tropical rainforests of the park in the western-most region of Java, giving conservationists proof that the species is still breeding.

[Agus Priambudi, Head of Ujung Kulon National Park]:
"In the last 10 years we have found 12 babies that have been captured by the cameras. It gives us hope for the rhinos' future."

The species is threatened by poaching, disease introduced by domestic cattle and also natural disasters which may destroy their natural habitat.

[Agus Priambudi, Head of Ujung Kulon National Park]:
"The government has plans to make the Ujung Kulon National Park into a Javan rhino conservation park."

Conservationists say the calves would bring the population of the Javan Rhinos that roam in the park to 50.

A video recorded in November 2010 showed a mother and a male calf, estimated by experts to be about two years old.

Another recording from December 2010 showed another mother with a female calf, about a year old.

The only other known population of the Javan rhino, the rarest of the world's five rhino species, is in a national park in Vietnam.

The World Wildlife Fund says there are as few as 40 Javan rhinos left worldwide and there are none in captivity, making it one of the rarest mammals on the planet.

The WWF is working with several other rhino conservation groups to protect and monitor the remaining species from poaching, and help preserve their habitat.