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Wed Aug 27 14:54:17 SAST 2014

Rare rhinos photographed in Indonesia for the first time in 26 years

Sapa-AP | 09 August, 2012 10:55
This handout photograph taken on June 24, 2012 and released by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry on June 25, 2012, shows one day old male baby Sumatran rhinoceros named Andatu walking beside her mother Ratu at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island.
Image by: AFP PHOTO / INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF FORESTRY

A conservationist says seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses were photographed at a national park in Indonesia. It is the first sighting there in 26 years.

Tarmizi, from the Leuser International Foundation, said Thursday that pictures from movement-triggered cameras identified a male and six female Sumatran rhinos in Aceh province's Leuser National Park as of April.

More than 1,000 images from 28 camera traps were taken since last July. The park's rhino population is estimated to be no more than 27.

There are an estimated 200 Sumatran rhinos living in the wild in small groups in Indonesia and Malaysia, half the number from 15 years ago.

An estimated 70 percent of the population has been lost since 1985, mainly to poaching and loss of habitat.

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