The Sumatran, a.k.a. the hairy rhino, Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
is probably the most endangered of all rhinoceros species. Numbers have
declined over 50% due to poaching over the last 15 years. Fewer than 300
Sumatran Rhino survive in very small and highly fragmented populations
in Southeast Asia with Indonesia and Malaysia being the only significant
range states. Furthermore, there is no indication that the situation is
showing any signs of stabilizing.
- Sumatran Rhinoceros
- Asian Two Horned Rhinoceros:
the only two-horned rhino in the Asian region.
- Hairy Rhinoceros: refers to
the long, shaggy hair found on the species in contrast to the other
species which appear hairless.
- Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
from the Greek di, meaning "two"; cero,
meaning "horn" and rhinus, meaning "nose"
referring to Sumatra (with the Latin -ensis, meaning locality)
There are currently approximately 300 Sumatran Rhinos