The prehistoric-looking Javan rhinoceros is one of the world’s rarest large mammals. The name rhinoceros derives from the Greek for ‘nose horn’, and the Javan rhinoceros has a single horn on the snout that, like all rhinoceros horns, does not have a bony core but is composed of keratin fibres. (These are a group of fibrous proteins that form the basis of hair, nails, wool etc in animals)
The WWF and the International Rhino Foundation said the country’s last Javan rhino was probably killed by poachers, as its horn had been cut off.
Dr Talukdar observed: “What is key to the success of the species is appropriate habitat management as the Javan rhinos are browser and it needs secondary growing forests.” He warned that the habitat within the national park on Java serving as the final refuge for the species was being degraded by an invasive species of palm.
The Javan Rhino is found only in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park in west Java. They are solitary in nature and are rarely seen.
Good old Palm oil, not only affecting Orangutans but appears to be killing many more endangered species that many are not aware of, just because they are not cute or cuddly.
The eastern world are not the only ones to blame, the demand for Palm oil is also high from the western world. It appears its OK for the west to keep their homes and habitat but money talks to those that survive on bear basics , so lets demolish their land instead. This world is a disgrace, we are loosing so many species that we literally have not even heard of or documented. What have they done to deserve this ? But thanks Vietnam.
AvH Fact: Javan Rhino
Weight: 2,000 – 5,060 pounds (900 – 2,300 kg)
Height: 5 – 5.5 feet (1.5 – 1.7 m) tall at the shoulder
Length: 6-11.5 feet (2.0-.4 m)
Horn: Javan rhinos possess a single horn 10 in (25 cm) long, at least in males; females have a smaller or no horn. (Ofcourse highly valued by the Rhino as its Horns are also used for digging in waterbeds to find water, or to uproot shrubs etc. Some rhinos use the horn to guide their offspring. It’s there for a purpose, like the nostrils on our nose we use to breathe, there for a purpose)