After 40 Years, The World Wild Life Fund Has Announced A Sighting
Just this Tuesday an announcement was made that the Rare Sumatran Rhino of Indonesia has been spotted for the first time in over 40 years!
The four to five year old female was sighted in Kutai Barat which is in east Kalimantan (the Indonesia part of Borneo) and then gently captured in order to save it and establish a breeding population.
“This is an exciting discovery and a major conservation success,” said Dr Efransjah, CEO of WWF-Indonesia. “We now have proof that a species once thought extinct in Kalimantan still roams the forests, and we will now strengthen our efforts to protect this extraordinary species.”
Currently being held in a temporary enclosure the young Rhino will soon be relocated by helicopter about 150 km away to a protected forest. This forest will be the second Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary established in Indonesia. The Rhino Conservation will have to work quickly in order to save the Sumatran Rhino. The only hope for saving the species is to establish a safe home and begin rebuilding and protecting the population.
“WWF will work continuously with the Sumatran rhino conservation team for the protection of the Sumatran rhino population in Kalimantan.” said Dr Efransjah.
This is a big step forward for the Indonesian Rhino conservation, and just the world in general! While it’s unfortunate the Sumatran Rhino has come this close to extinction. It’s always an incredible thing to be able to discover and save a population of beautiful species such as this Rhino in the world.