Sumatran rhino footprints found

2013-03-28 16:41

(AFP)

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Jakarta - A conservation group says they have discovered several footprints believed to be from critically endangered Sumatran rhino on Indonesia's Borneo island, raising hopes for an animal long thought to be extinct in that area.

A WWF team said in a statement on Thursday that it found the fresh tracks in February while monitoring orangutans in West Kutai forested district of East Kalimantan province.

A follow-up survey, carried out by the team along with government forestry officials and scientists, discovered more rhino footprints and other clues of its existence. The number of potential animals remains unclear.

The rhino has been thought to be extinct on Indonesia's part of Borneo since the 1990s. Fewer than 200 animals still live in the wild in Indonesia and Malaysia, threatened by loss of habitat and poaching.

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