Javan rhinoceros is the most endangered of the world’s five rhinoceros species, with an estimated 40-60 animals remaining on the western tip of the Island of Java (Indonesia) in Ujung Kulon National Park. The last member of another tiny population in Vietnam’s Cat Tien National Park was killed by poachers in 2011.
Rinoceronte de Java. El más pequeño de las 5 especies. Vive en las áreas de bosques tropicales de Indonesia, donde se encuentran la mayor parte de ellos. hay también esparcidos en la India, China y las islas de Indonesia. Sólo quedan entre 60 y 100 aún viven en estado salvaje.
Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) - photo by Stephen Belcher There had been a subspecies in a small part of Vietnam but the last one died in 2010, shot by a poacher for its horn. Their single horn is smaller than other rhinos but fetch 3x the price of that of an African rhino.
Javan Rhino – This scarce animal is one of the rhino species with fewer than 60 animals surviving in only two known locations: one in Indonesia and the other in Vietnam. Though once widespread throughout Asia, by the 1930’s the rhinoceros was nearly hunted to extinction in Peninsular Malaysia, India, Burma and Sumatra. It was poached for its horn, that is believed to have medicinal uses, and driven to extinction to the intense agricultural practices.