The Sumatran rhinoceros is the smallest of the five extant rhinoceroses.
Members of the species once inhabited rainforests, swamps, and cloud
forests in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia,
Indonesia, and China. They are now critically endangered, with only six
substantial populations in the wild: four on Sumatra, one on Borneo, and
one in the Malay Peninsula. Their numbers are difficult to determine
because they are solitary animals that are widely scattered across their
range, but they are estimated to number fewer than 275, and possibly as
low as 200. The decline in numbers is attributed primarily to poaching
for their horns, which are highly valued in traditional Chinese
medicine. The Sumatran rhino is a mostly solitary animal except for
courtship and offspring-rearing. Like the African species, it has two
horns; the larger is the nasal horn, typically 15–25 centimetres
(5.9–9.8 in), while the other horn is typically a stub. A coat of
reddish-brown hair covers most of its body. It is the most vocal rhino
species and also communicates through marking soil with its feet,
twisting saplings into patterns, and leaving excrement.
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