Endangered rhino seen alive for first time in 40 years

FILE photo of a Sumatran rhino at Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island Indonesia, Thursday, Nov 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
FILE photo of a Sumatran rhino at Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island Indonesia, Thursday, Nov 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

- The World Wildlife Fund of the United Kingdom announced that a female Sumatran rhinoceros, which had not been seen alive in Indonesia in 40 years, was safely captured on Tuesday.

The conservation group says it is "a major milestone for rhino conservation in Indonesia."

The rhino, the smallest of the world's five species, was believed to have been extinct in the Indonesian part of Borneo.

The female captured will be moved to a protected forest to start a new breeding population.

 

Wonderful news: the first live sighting of a Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo for 40 years!The species was thought...

Posted by WWF UK on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

According to National Geographic, the dark red-brown Sumatran is covered with patches of stiff hair, especially on its ears. The animals live in dense mountain forests where they are highly elusive.

They are solitary creatures and feed on fruit, twigs, and leaves.

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