Rhino Survival Project
Helping to save the rare Javan Rhino in Indonesia
THE RAREST RHINO ON EARTH
SAFE Worldwide has been working with OFORA and the Indonesian Government to help protect the Javan rhino, which can only be found in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia.
SAFE Worldwide is part of critical projects to help save not just the Javan rhino but other endemic and critically rare animals, like the Javan rhino and the Javan gibbon.
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Watch one of the rarest scenes on earth as a family of Javan rhinos were captured passing a camera trap area. With approval from the National Park, SAFE Worldwide was granted access to this camera capture, which has never been seen before.
These 74 rhinos represent hope for the survival of a species that is on the brink of extinction. If we lose the population in Java, the entire species will disappear.
Our interview series, ‘Conversations with Conservationist’, introduces Ofat Sofwatuddin, founder and president of Friends of Rhino Foundation (OFORA) – a nonprofit, NGO committed to the conservation of Javan Rhinos. Ofat discusses in depth the current status and recovery of the Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon National Park. With over 25 years as an active conservationist, Ofat partners with other NGOs and organizations in the collaborative effort to establish a secondary habitat for these rare mammals.
The threats to Rhinos
White rhinos are classified as Near Threatened, with less than 18,000 left in the wild. They are the only species of the five rhino species not classified as endangered.
Around 10,000 rhinos have been poached in Africa in just the last decade. A rhino is killed and poaching every 12 minutes.
Over 100 Park Rangers protecting wildlife in Africa are killed by poachers each year in Africa. Poachers are using assault weapons like AK-47 and M-16 rifles.
24 hours or less
Criminal syndicates in South Africa can transfer a poached rhino horn from Mozambique (also known as “Poacher’s Alley) to Asia within 24 hours.
From hubs like Myanmar and Thailand, the body parts make their way to China and other SouthEast Asian countries.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the government treaty established to ensure the survival of endangered and threatened species, banned the Intl trade of rhinoceros horn in 1977. For more than 20 years following the ban, poaching of Rhino horns decreased, but is now again on the rise
Time running out
Poaching is contributing to the extinction of hundreds of species, including tigers, bears, elephants, and rhinoceroses.
Poaching relates to activities such as the illegal pet trade, the bushmeat trade and even the poaching of our oceans.