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There was some good news on the rhino conservation front. According to a report by National Geographic, there is evidence which suggests the critically endangered Javan rhino is reproducing in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park. The park serves as home to the last 60 Javan rhinos on the planet. Video taken from the park’s camera traps show there are now three new rhino calves. The footage shows there is cause to be optimistic says Barney Long director of species conservation for WWF who maintain the camera traps.
For the first time in two decades, the extremely rare black flanked wallaby has been spotted about 580 kilometres North of Perth in the Kalbarri National Park. The two marsupials which measure just 45cm high are also referred to as warru or black footed wallaby. The animals were photographed by a rock climber in a gorge back in August. Albert Jacob, the environment minister for Western Australia said it was obvious that these shy animals have been living in the national park unseen since 1995 when they were last sighted.
The Sumatran rhino is very near extinction according to a leading conservation organisation. There are less than 100 of the animals left on Indonesian island of Sumatra’s rainforests and the Kalimantan province of Borneo. It has been nearly two years since the last Sumatran Rhino was spotted in the Sabah region of Borneo and experts have now declared the species extinct in Malaysia. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is now warning the future is far from bright for the fate of the species which could become extinct without urgent action.
Last year, during the summer, a male polar bear that was completely emaciated was seen wandering across a large sheet of ice in the Svalbard Archipelago. Based on its size it appeared as if the bear had not eaten for many months. The polar bear was so lean that researchers placed it in the thinnest category to describe its level of fat stores. Human induced climate change has caused the sea ice to melt, making it harder and harder for bears to find prey.
Despite what most people think, zebra stripes do not help them evade predators. According to a new study their distinctive pattern may even make them easier to catch instead of making it harder. The research debunks the theory that zebra stripes offer what is known as motion dazzle which is thought to have evolved in animals like zebras and was even used to camouflage ships during the two World Wars.