KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 22 (UPI) — A rare Sumatran rhinoceros believed to be pregnant was photographed recently by remote cameras in Malaysian Borneo.
The rhino, estimated to be 20 years old, was captured on remote cameras set up by Malaysian wildlife experts in eastern Sabah state on the island of Borneo, The Star newspaper in Malaysia reported.
Only about 30 Sumatran rhinos are estimated to be left on the entire huge island.
Dr. Terri Roth, an international rhino expert, said Wednesday she hoped the animal is pregnant, Star reported.
“There are so few Sumatran rhinos left in the world that each calf represents a lifeline for the species,” she said in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah state.
Malaysia’s Bernama news agency quoted Roth as saying the female rhino’s images were captured on the night of Feb 25 by one of 100 remote cameras in Sabah’s forest and wildlife reserves.
State Wildlife Department Director Laurentius Ambu said his department is working with Malaysia’s World Wildlife Fund and the Borneo Rhino Alliance on a plan to save the rhinos through a breeding program.
The latest news comes after a Sumatran rhino at the Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park had a miscarriage, The Jakarta Globe reported.
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