By: ASHLEY HOPKINS
Javan rhinos have been on the endangered list since 2011 when they were declared extinct in Vietnam. The only remaining Javan rhinos are located in the Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. As of August 2020, the number of Javan rhinos has grown to 74, with 40 being males and 34 being females.
Two Javan rhinos have been born in the Ujung National Park according to an announcement made by The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia, a female named Helen and a male named Luther. According to Wiratno, the Director General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, five other Javan rhinos have been born in the Ujung Kulon National Parks Javan rhino habitat 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,” said Wiratno in a statement. Luther and Helen have been monitored by video cameras inside of the park that were installed to monitor the babies back in March 2020, before they were born.
Wiratno goes on to stress that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the field monitoring of the animals, and that it would continue until December 2020 through cameras placed around the park. “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,” said Wiratno in his concluding remark. The recent births of these endangered rhinos provides promise of greater natural population growth in the future.