SUMATRAN RHINOCEROS

photography

150 x 91 cm

2019

Sumatran rhinoceros and Javan rhinoceros are the most threatened rhino species in the world. With only about 80 individuals remaining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the species as critically endangered.

 

Another cause of their decline is poaching, which Rhino Protection Units are trying to prevent. To increase their numbers, attempts at breeding them in captivity are taking place. Their numbers have decreased by 70% in the last 20 years. 

"The Sumatran rhinoceros once roamed as far away as the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Bhutan and eastern Indian, through Myanmar, Thailand, possibly to Vietnam and China, and south through the Malay peninsula. Today, the species only survives on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo." (WWF) 

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