Javan rhinoceros has a dusky grey hairless skin with several loose folds that looks like armor plating. Their horn is shorter than other rhinos, averagely shorter than 25cm (10 inches). Only males possess a horn, whereas females lack a horn. Their appearance resembles Indian rhinoceros but is noticeably smaller with less apparent skin folds.
They once lived in Southeast Asia and northeast India. Unfortunately, all Javan rhinoceros currently live in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. The last individual in Vietnam was poached in 2010, as they are primarily hunted for their horns. Sadly, if Indonesia’s population is lost, the species will be extinct.
Jan 2023: Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry updated on the arrival of two new Javan rhino calves!
Did you know?
- They are the smallest of the living rhinoceros species and are also known as the Sunda rhinoceros.
- Javan rhinos are known for their distinctive prehensile lip, which allows them to grasp and pull leaves and twigs from trees.
- Despite their massive size, Javan rhinos are excellent swimmers and can cross deep rivers and swim long distances to reach new habitats.
- Javan rhinos have poor eyesight, but a strong sense of smell and hearing, which they use to navigate their environment and avoid predators.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No