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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Mammals: Javan Rhinoceros


Description

The Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is one of the rarest and most endangered large mammals anywhere in the world. According to 2002 estimates, only about 60 remain alive, in Indonesia and Vietnam. Even these tiny populations are still being poached and the outlook for the species is grim.

The Javan Rhinoceros occupied lowland rainforests through much of South-east Asia. It is grey in color, hairless, and adults typically weigh up to 1.4 tonnes. Like the closely related larger Indian Rhinoceros, it has only one horn, and in common with the almost equally endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros it is exclusively a browser on leaves rather than a grazer on grasses. Favoured feeding strategies include knocking down saplings to reach the leaves and shoots, and gathering fruit.

Status:
Classified as Critically Endangered (CR-C2a) by the IUCN Red List 2002, and listed under Appendix I of CITES.

3 Comments:

  • Wh don't you post articles on the way they can be saved ?

    By Blogger tehume, at 10:06  

  • What do you mean? Save them how?

    By Blogger Daldianus, at 14:16  

  • Sorry, too say that. But this picture is showing an Indian Rhino and not a Javan Rhino.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15:24  

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