Indonesian Government announced to build new sanctuary to save World’s rarest Javan Rhinos

Dec 31, 2013 14:37 IST

Javan rhinosIndonesian Government announced to build a new sanctuary to save World’s rarest Javan rhinos. The new sanctuary will be carved out of the Ujung Kulon National Park.

Ujung Kulon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on the western tip of Indonesia's main island of Java.

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It will encompass 12,600 acres of lush rainforest, freshwater streams and mud holes in the park.

In Indonesia Javan rhinos are locally termed as Abah Gede or the Great Father.
 
As per the latest report of the International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN), decline in the strength of rhino’s had reached to the level of extinction. There are thought to be only around 50 of the rhinos in existence.

Poaching in particular represents a severe threat, with rhino horns used in traditional Asian medicine. It fetches higher prices in the black market despite a lack of scientific evidence showing horn has any medicinal value.

Recently, Asia has stepped up efforts to save the region's dwindling rhino populations. There was a conference held in October 2013 with representatives from several countries on the issue in the western Indonesian island of Sumatra. Countries including Indonesia, Nepal and India, pledged to take steps to increase their rhino populations by three percent annually.

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