Asian Rhinoceros Facts
|Size||Up to 6.56 ft (2 m) (shoulder height)|
|Speed||Up to 31 mph (50 km/h)|
|Weight||1,102 - 2,204 lb (500 - 1,000 kg)|
|Lifespan||35 - 50 years|
|Scientific name||Rhinoceros unicornis (Indian), Rhinoceros sondaicus (Javan), Dicerorhinus sumatrensis (Sumatran)|
|Characteristics||1-2 horns on the nose, massive body, short legs|
The Asian rhinos include the Sumatran rhino, the Javan rhino, and the Indian rhino. All three species are endangered to become extinct.
How Many Horns Do Rhinos Have?
The Indian and the Javan rhino have one horn, while the Sumatran rhino has two horns.
The Javan Rhino
The Javan rhino lives in Indonesia in the dense evergreen forest next to small rivers and swamps. It loves to wallow in the mud to cool its body. This also protects it from insects as their jaws cannot cope with the thick layer of mud on its skin. A refreshing bath has yet another advantage, because it allows the Javanese rhino to use the help of hungry fish to get rid of ticks and leeches.
The Indian Rhino
The Indian rhino is closely related to the Javan rhino, but lives in India. Both have overlapping skin folds that look like an impressive armor. Indian rhinos are bold: They even attack elephants if they invade their territory.
The Sumatran Rhino
The Sumatran rhino lives in Inonesia. It is the smallest species and weighs „only“ between 1,102 - 2,204 lb (500 - 1,000 kg). The Javan rhino weighs approximately 1.8 tons and the Indian rhino up to 2.2 tons. The Sumatran rhino prefers to live in landscapes with hills and mountains and is very good at getting along in steep terrain. In contrast to other rhinos, the Sumatran species has got some hair.
Unfortunately, the horn of the rhino is highly sought after. The Chinese believe that horn powder can cure fever seizures and rheumatism and helps to remove toxic substances from the body. The Romans used rhino horns to manufacture drinking vessels, because they thought the horn could render poisonous drinks harmless (Romans often poisoned each other). Poor rhino!
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