Sumatran rhino captured on video for first time in Kalimantan

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Video screen capture WWF

Sumatran rhinos are fast disappearing from the face of the planet, with as few as 150-200 left in the wild. So to capture one on camera is difficult if not almost impossible. That's why we're excited about this short snippet of video from WWF.

According to WWF, "The Sumatran rhino competes with the Javan rhino for the unenviable title of most endangered rhino species. While surviving in greater numbers than the Javan rhino, Sumatran rhinos are more threatened by poaching. There is no indication that the population is stabilizing and just one captive female has reproduced in the last 15 years."

"The topic is timely as rhinos continue to be a victim of poaching: 704 have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, exceeding the annual record of 668 set in 2012," states WWF's Amal Omer.

A female Sumatran rhino made the news last year when she gave birth to a male calf in a sanctuary in Indonesia. The success of captive breeding efforts is extremely exciting to conservationists, as it provides a whisp of hope for this disappearing species.

Learn more about this amazing species and how you can help at WWF's Sumatran Rhino page.

Tags: Animals | Conservation | Endangered Species

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