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  Rare rhinos on road to recovery
Updated 11 October 2001, 15.45
The Javan rhino
A group of rhinoceros' which are almost extinct have started to fight back.

The rare Javan rhino is one of the world's most endangered animals and there are only about 60 left in the whole world.

But now there are signs of four baby rhinos being born at a park in Indonesia.

Tiny footprints

Staff at the Ujung Kulon national park managed to secretly film one mother rhino and two babies - called calves - with a hidden camera.

Fact File
All about Javan rhinos
There are five types of rhino - black, white, Indian, Javan and Sumatran
Javan rhinos are the most rare type
Poachers have made rhinos almost extinct
They only give birth every 4-5 years
Javan rhinos are grey and hairless, with one horn
They live between 35-40 years

They have not actually seen the other two calves, but they have found tiny rhino footprints in the mud, which suggests at least another two animals have been born.

Protect

These calves are the first rhinos to be born in the last four years.

The World Wildlife Fund, which has been helping to study and protect the Javan rhinos, think this is a good sign.

They now hope to slowly build up the rhino population in the park.

Pictures by Yahya and Sumiadi, WWF & BTNUK

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