Animal Biography

The Sumatran rhino, also called the “hairy rhino” because of its hairy body and tufted ears, is the most endangered of all rhinoceros species because of its rapid rate of decline. Because of poaching, numbers have decreased more than 50% over the last 20 years. It is believed that approximately 100 Sumatran rhinos survive in very small and highly fragmented populations, with the largest populations in Indonesia and tiny remnant populations possibly in Sabah, Malaysia. The species is extinct in Peninsular Malaysia. Sumatran rhinos exist only is protected areas where they are physically guarded by Rhino Protection Units. Continued protection provides the best possible hope for the species’ survival.

Fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos are believed to survive on the island of Sumatra, with likely fewer than 10 animals remaining in Sabah, Malaysia. Indonesia's population lives in three Indonesian National Parks in Sumatra: Gunung Leuser, Way Kambas, and Bukit Barisan Selatan (International Rhino Foundation).

In Zoo Tycoon

The Sumatran Rhino is an animal available for adoption in Zoo Tycoon.

Fun Facts

  1. The sumatran rhino is sometimes called "the hairy rhinoceros" because, unlike the Indian rhinoceros, it has body hair and tassels on the ears.
  2. The sumatran rhino is the smallest of all rhinos.
  3. The sumatran rhino leathery skin can be up to 16 millimeters thick.
  4. The sumatran rhino is the only Asian rhino species with two horns. The Indian Rhino and Javan Rhino have only one.
  5. The sumatran rhino must lick on salt deposits to absorb minerals.

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