26 Apr '12, 12pm

Fighting A Last-Ditch Battle To Save the Rare Javan Rhino

Fighting A Last-Ditch Battle To Save the Rare Javan Rhino

Fighting A Last-Ditch Battle To Save the Rare Javan Rhino Rhinoceroses worldwide are under siege as their habitat shrinks and poachers slaughter hundreds annually for their valuable horns. Now, in Indonesia, conservation groups are engaged in a desperate struggle to save the last 40 Javan rhinos on earth. by rhett butler Trekking through deep mud and sawgrass we find a stinking wallow. The elite rangers, dressed in black despite the tropical heat, mark the site with a GPS unit, measure the mucky puddle’s depth, and move on. This is the first sign of one of the planet’s rarest animals — the Javan rhino. Only 40 or so remain, all in the wild. This patch of rainforest and swamp in Ujung Kulon National Park, on the very tip of West Java in Indonesia, is their last and only refuge. Until two years ago, that wasn’t the case. A second population of Javan rhinos hung on in Vietnam...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/indonesia_conservation_group...

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