Javan rhinos face extinction as population plummets

Once found throughout south-east Asia, Javan rhinos have suffered a staggering decline in their population, with only 60 individuals remaining in the wild.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Javan rhino as critically endangered, and experts warn that the species could be extinct within the next decade.

The main threats to Javan rhinos are poaching and habitat loss. Poachers target rhinos for their horns, which are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. Habitat loss is also a major problem, as the rhinos' natural habitat is being converted to agricultural land and other uses.

Conservationists are working to save the Javan rhino, but the challenges are great. The rhinos are extremely rare and live in a small, fragmented habitat. Poaching is also a major problem, and it is difficult to protect the rhinos from poachers in the remote areas where they live.

Despite the challenges, conservationists are determined to save the Javan rhino. They are working to protect the rhinos' habitat, combat poaching, and raise awareness of the plight of this critically endangered species.

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