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A young rhino has been found from a species thought to be extinct

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  • 2016

For the past 40 years the Sumatran rhino has been thought extinct in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.

Astonishing news has been recently released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), announcing the safe capture of a young female Sumatran rhino. The rhino will be held in an enclosure until it is transferred to a secret location and with the hopes of protecting the species from poachers and encouraging reproduction and in the near future, three more Sumatran rhinos are expected to be moved.

The species had not been physically seen for the past 40 years, however evidence of its survival had been brought to light through footprints and an image which was captured by a motion detector camera. Based on these findings, the team at WWF estimated there are 15 Sumatran rhinos remaining in the area, split into three families.

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The Sumatran rhino is a highly elusive animal and generally prefers to live in dense mountainous forests where it can feed on fruit, and plant life. They are the smallest of all five species of rhino and covered by distinctive stiff patches of hair, especially around the ears.

Currently there is estimated to be 100 Sumitran rhinos alive and as numbers reduce due to poaching and deforestation the species is further at risk.

The female Sumitran rhinos need to breed regularly or they are at risk of developing tumours which can lead to infertility.

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Image credits: Neftali

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