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Sumatran Rhino

posted: 12/01/15
sumatran rhino
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Status: Critically Endangered
Scientific Name: Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
Number Left: Less than 100

The smallest of the living rhinoceroses, the Sumatran Rhino also, sadly, competes with the Javan Rhino as the most threatened rhino species. Because they are the only Asian rhino species with two horns, they are the most threatened by poaching.

Baby Sumatran Rhinos are born with a dense, reddish brown covering that eventually becomes a coarse, almost bristly black covering in adults. Because of this, this species of rhino is also known as the "hairy rhino."

In addition to poaching, habitat loss also plays a factor in the Sumatran Rhino's endangerment. For now, conservation efforts include monitoring for illegal rhino horn trade, funding anti-poaching patrols, and working with local governments to ensure protected lands are kept safe.

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How You Can Help:

  • Rhinos.org: See more Sumatran Rhino photos, keep up to date on the latest rhino news and more.
  • Save the Rhino: Discover how you can directly contribute to the conservation and protection of Sumatran Rhinos.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Sumatran Rhino, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival.
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