Sighting of Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino (Video)

 Rhinos across the board are becoming very endangered due to poaching but the Sumatran Rhino is disappearing even faster from the face of the planet. There are only about 150 - 200 of these animals left in the wild so it is next to impossible to capture one on camera. However recently one was caught on camera which caused all kinds of excitement from the people at WWF.

According to WWF, "The Sumatran rhino competes with the Javan rhino for the unenviable title of most endangered rhino species. While surviving in greater numbers than the Javan rhino, Sumatran rhinos are more threatened by poaching. There is no indication that the population is stabilizing and just one captive female has reproduced in the last 15 years."

"The topic is timely as rhinos continue to be a victim of poaching: 704 have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, exceeding the annual record of 668 set in 2012," said WWF's Amal Omer. The video below shows a Sumatran Rhino walking through the woods and then enjoying a nice mud bath.

The Sumatran Rhino -

The two-horned Sumatran rhinoceros shares the bleak distinction of world’s most endangered rhino with its regional cousin, the Javan rhino. The smallest of the rhino family, the Sumatran rhinoceros lives in isolated pockets in the dense mountain forests of Malaysia, Indonesia, and possibly Myanmar (Burma).

Sumatran rhinos are generally solitary creatures that feed on fruit, twigs, leaves, and shrubs. Like other rhinos they have a keen sense of smell and sharp hearing, and they leave a network of scented trails throughout the forest in order to find one another.

As the smallest rhino, they weigh about 1,760 pounds (800 kilograms), and grow to a height near 5 feet (1.5 meters) at the shoulders and 8 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3.2 meters) in length. Unlike most other rhinos, their hide, dark red-brown in color, is covered with patches of short, dark, stiff hair. The hair helps keep mud caked to the body, which cools the hide and protects it from insects.

The Sumatran rhino’s two horns are considerably smaller than those of their African relatives, the black and white rhinos. The anterior horn may grow up to 31 inches (79 centimeters), but is normally much smaller, while the posterior horn may grow up to 3 inches (10 centimeters), but is generally no more than a hump.

Listed as critically endangered, there are thought to be fewer than 400 Sumatran rhinos in existence today. While a number of these animals are kept in zoos, they rarely breed in captivity. In 2001 a calf born in the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio was the first Sumatran rhino born in the United States, and the first successful captive delivery in over 100 years. The main threats to their survival in the wild include poaching and habitat encroachment by humans.( - National Geographic)

Responses to "Extremely endangered Sumatran Rhino caught on video for the first time in Kalimantan"

  1. Anonymous says:

    God help us.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What is the WWF?? for the Endangered Rhino's ?

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