40 Sumatran rhinos in Way Kambas National Park

Lampung Timur (ANTARA) - Half of the population of Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) live within the area of Way Kambas National Park located in East Lampung District, Lampung Province, according to a local authority. Among 80 rhinos that are alive in Sumatra's forest, 40 live in this national park, while others are scattered around some national parks over the island, Subakir, head of the office at Way Kambas National Park stated Friday.

Since seven are held captive at Way Kambas wildlife reserve center, 33 Sumatran rhinos live at its jungle area.

The national park looks after such Sumatran rhinos because of the native habitat which is secured against any form of forest exploration.

Here, we guard the forest to provide a natural environment for the rhinos to breed, Subakir added.

The Lampung government had inaugurated its Suaka Rhino Sumatera (SRS) II, the extension of its existing SRS I as a rhino reserve center while commemorating World Rhinos Day in late September this year.

Source: Antara News

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