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Javan Rhinoceros – A Critically Endangered Beauty

The Javan Rhinoceros is the most endangered species of rhinos with around 60 still alive. These animals are very important to our environment. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this to your Endangered Species board.

Javan Rhinos only have one horn, the smallest out of all the rhinos, often around 20 centimeters long. It is estimated that they live from 30 to 45 years in the wilderness. Females are supposedly larger than males.

They have an excellent sense of smell, but poor vision. They are hairless and their skin has lots of folds, almost making them look like they are wearing a suit of armor.

Javan Rhinoceroses used to live throughout northeast India and Southeast Asia, but now they only live in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. The last one in Vietnam was poached in 2010.

-About the Javan Rhinoceros-

◉ Status – Critically Endangered: They have an incredibly high risk of extinction.

◉ Population – Around 60

◉ Scientific Name – Rhinoceros sondaicus

◉ Height – 4.6 – 5.8 feet

◉ Weight – 1,984 – 5,071 pounds

◉ Length – 10 – 10.5 feet

◉ Habitat – Tropical Rainforests

-Why is the Javan Rhinoceros Important?-

Javan Rhinos keep the rainforests healthy so they can house more biodiversity by eating lots of vegetation, slowing down carbon emissions, and producing more oxygen.

They mostly eat leaves, shoots, twigs, and fruit fallen from trees. They are very adaptable when it comes to eating habits. By eating these things, they make more room for new plants to grow. They, like most rhinos, wallow in mud and trample plants to keep them cool and even prevent disease. By doing this, they make the forest stronger, store CO2 and make cleaner air.

They only usually have babies every 2-3 years, so this makes it hard for us to keep them alive, but you can help.

-How to help the Javan Rhinoceros-

Donating to services like the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), is helpful because they work to establish a second population and protect the Javan Rhinoceros from man-made threats.

Raise awareness about illegal animal poaching for body parts, you really can make a difference.

Let people know all about the Javan Rhinoceros, and why it’s important. Make them aware of the deforestation and poaching that’s killing them off.

Let’s end this together.

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