Saving the Javan Rhino


Rhinos once roamed many places throughout Eurasia and Africa. But today very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves. The Javan rhino is categorized as Critically Endangered, and a subspecies of the Javan was declared extinct in Vietnam in 2011. Rhinos are being threatened by poaching, habitat loss, natural disasters and disease. 

But a small population of the Javan rhino still clings for survival on the Indonesia island of Java. WWF conducts ongoing research on the Javan rhino, which continues to reveal critical information about behavioral patterns, distribution, movement, population size, sex ratio and genetic diversity. We also work closely with the Ujung Kulon National Park Authority to keep track of rhino populations and protect them. 

We know that with proper protection, the Javan rhino can survive. In 2010, we received camera trap footage of two Javan rhinos and two of their calves. The videos prove that one of the world's rarest mammals are breeding. Before those images surfaced, only twelve other Javan rhino births were recorded in the past decade. 

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