Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Javan Rhinoceros

           The Javan Rhinoceros is the most endangered of the world’s five rhinoceros species, with an estimated 40-60 animals remaining on the western tip of the Island of Java (Indonesia) in Ujung Kulon National Park. The last member of another tiny population in Vietnam’s Cat Tien National Park was killed by poachers in 2011. The decline of the Javan Rhinoceros is attributed to poaching, primarily for their horns, which are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine (BUT NO ACTUAL MEDICINAL VALUES), fetching as much as $30,000 per kilogram on the black market