Rare rhinos photographed in western Indonesia

Leuser — A convervationist says seven of the world’s rarest rhinoceroses were photographed at a national park in Indonesia. It is the first sighting there in 26 years.

Tarmizi, from the Leuser International Foundation, said last week that pictures from movement-triggered cameras identified a male and six female Sumatran rhinos in Aceh province’s Leuser National Park as of April.

More than 1000 images from 28 camera traps were taken since July last year. The park’s rhino population is estimated to be no more than 27.

There are an estimated 200 Sumatran rhinos living in the wild in small groups in Indonesia and Malaysia, half the number from 15 years ago.

An estimated 70 per cent of the population has been lost since 1985, mainly to poaching and loss of habitat.[]

The Australian

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