Javan Rhino Population Continues to Slowly Grow

Tobias Nowlan

A few months ago, it was reported that two new Javan rhino calves were spotted in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park, the only remaining home in the wild for Javan rhinos. This brought the number of this Critically Endangered species up to 73. 

A Javan rhino seen in a forest clearing in Ujung Kulon National Park.

Tobias Nowlan

Recent news continues this exciting trend, as another pair of new Javan rhinos has been sighted in the park, bringing the total population up to 75 individuals. This is cause for celebration, especially for the team in charge of managing Ujung Kulon, who go to great lengths to make sure the park's protections are secure enough for the Javan rhino population to recover. Thanks to their constant patrols, there have been no reports of poaching incidents in the park for over 20 years.

Javan rhinos enjoy spending a lot of time wallowing in water and mud.

Tobias Nowlan

While park management must continue to remain vigilant against other threats to this fragile population, such as natural disasters, this good news is too thrilling not to stop and appreciate its significance. We are hopeful that Javan rhinos will continue to slowly regain their numbers in such a protected haven.

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