Sumatran Rhino sighted in Indonesia

The Sumatran Rhino, which was thought to be extinct in Indonesia, has been sighted in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. The Rhino was declared extinct from the Malaysian section of Borneo last year.

The Rhino is estimated to be between 4-5 years and was captured in a pit trap in Kutai Barat in East Kalimantan.

Courtesy: WWF

Background

  • The Sumatran rhino is one of two rhino species that exist in Indonesia.
  • It is estimated that less than 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild, mainly on the island of Sumatra making them one of the rarest mammals on the planet.
  • The smallest of the world’s five species of rhinos, the Sumatran Rhino is covered with patches of stiff hair, especially on its ears.
  • Dark red-brown in color, the animals prefer to live in dense mountain forests, where they are highly elusive.
  • They are usually solitary creatures that feed on fruit, twigs, and leaves, but they can find each other by leaving scent trails, which they can pick up with their keen sense of smell.

News Item compiled by Namrata Keshava

 

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