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Sumatran Rhino

Rhinos may be considered among the world’s most charismatic animals, but few people know that they are found in both Africa and Asia and that there are actually five different species: the White Rhino, Black Rhino, Greater One-horned (or Indian) Rhino, Sumatran Rhino and Javan (or Lesser One-horned) Rhino. The White Rhino, Black Rhino, and Greater One-horned Rhino all underwent impressive recoveries during the twentieth century due to concerted conservation efforts. These species continue to struggle with the ever-present threat of poaching the White Rhino has regrettably started to see a decline in number again in recent years. However, the plight of these three species does not compare to that of the two species confined to Indonesia; the Sumatran Rhino and Javan Rhino are face a grim future without major intervention.

Rhino Conservation in Action

To prevent these two Critically Endangered rhino species from going extinct GWC is committed to driving effective conservation to bring them back from the brink:

Javan Rhino
Javan Rhino

There are only 68 Javan Rhinos left on the planet, all living in just one site: Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park. They are susceptible to poaching, disease, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Despite these challenges, we – along with our partners - have a plan to increase the population to at least 80 individuals in at least two sites by 2025.

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Sumatran Rhino
Sumatran Rhino

With fewer than 80 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world, restoring their population is of utmost importance to securing a future for this species. GWC is a part of the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance, a groundbreaking strategic partnership that focuses on relocating rhinos to allow for conservation breeding. GWC is also supporting efforts to save the last two wild populations of breeding Sumatran Rhinos.

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Top photo: Sumatran Rhino (Photo by Barney Long)

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