A joint monitoring team, consisting the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia and West Kutai administration, discovered undisputable evidence of the presence of Sumatran rhinos in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, caught through video traps.
“This physical evidence is important to the development of Indonesia’s rhino conservation efforts,” said Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
He announced the findings at the opening of the first Asian Rhino Range States Meeting in Bandar Lampung, which will run from Oct.2 to 3.
Zulkifli said the monitoring team had obtained the first ever evidence of a two-horn Sumatran rhino in Kalimantan through 16 video traps that collected footage over a period of three months.
The footage, recorded on June 23 and 30 and Aug.3, showed rhinos wallowing in mud to lower their body temperature and foraging for food.
“We are calling on all parties, both in Indonesia and abroad, to immediately take part in the efforts to save rhinos in Indonesia, particularly Sumatran rhinos in Kalimantan,” said WWF-Indonesia conservation director, Nazir Foead. (ebf)