By Francesca Boswell, 19, Jill Dando News Correspondent
This is really good news for the Sumatran Rhino – one of the worlds most critically endangered species.
It is being threatened by the destruction of tropical forest habitats and poachers who kill the rhinos for their horns.
However Indonesia’s improved conservation efforts is evident as they welcome their second Sumatran rhino calf born this year.
The baby rhino was born in Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra at a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, at the southern tip of Sumatran island.
Indonesian environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar states that the birth of the second Sumatran Rhino ‘’emphasises the Indonesians government’s commitment on rhino conservations in Indonesia, especially the Sumatran Rhino’’.
The Sumatran Rhino is legally protected in Indonesia due to its critical endangerment, helping to protect the species from poachers and from the destruction of their habitats.
The baby rhino, who shines a beacon of hope for the future of the Sumatran Rhinos, and its mother are in good condition and the calf is now able to stand upright and walk, said a statement from Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry.
Sumatran Rhinos typically have a life expectancy of 35 to 40 years, according to the WWF conservation group. Hopefully these new lives provide a positive inkling of what’s to come for the Sumatran Rhino’s and their future.
Francesca of Jill Dando News is one of over 100 Jill Dando Journalists who find, write and publish positive good news out across the world in memory of Jill.
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