The Sumatran Rhinoceros lives in the jungles of South East Asia. It is the smallest of all the rhinoceroses and is notable for being rather hairy. It is now on the brink of extinction because of hunting and habitat destruction.
Body length: 240-320cm
Tail length: 65cm
Weight: 800-1000kg (2000kg according to some sources)
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Sumatran Rhinoceros can be found in the jungles of South East Asia. Unlike other rhinoceroses, it lives in both the lowlands and in mountainous areas.
The Sumatran Rhinoceros eats tree leaves and bark. It also likes mangos, figs, and other fruits.
Sumatran Rhinoceroses spend a lot of time near water and are very good swimmers. Some have even been seen swimming in the sea.
The last of the hairy rhinoceroses
The Sumatran Rhinoceros is the smallest of all rhinoceroses. It lives in the jungles of South East Asia. It is quite hairy, which is unusual for a rhinoceros. The ancestors of the Sumatran Rhinoceros died out long ago and it is the last of its kind. Unfortunately, it is now on the brink of extinction. The main reason for this is because it is hunted by humans. Rhinoceros horn is used in Chinese medicine and has long been bought and sold at high prices.
Rapidly disappearing habitat...
As the population of South East Asia grows, more and more of the forests where the Sumatran Rhinoceros lives are being cleared for farmland and roads. This not only reduces the number of places where Sumatran Rhinoceroses can live, but it also makes it easier for hunters to find them. Several zoos around the world have tried to breed the Sumatran Rhinoceros in captivity, but none have been very successful so far. If things keep going the way they are, the world's last hairy rhinoceros may soon become extinct.
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