You must have heard about the death of the last male rhinoceros in captivity in Malaysia, his name was Tam. Now, there is only one female left in that country and less than 80 in Indonesia. It is sad news considering the delicate scenario this species is facing. We’ll tell you a little about them. #ShortStories #DecisiveMoments
They once roamed on the feet of the Himalayas, in the cloud forests, swamps and jungles of India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. But the destruction of their habitat, the expansion of the human, illegal hunting for their horns and their skin has put them on the list of the 19 species in critical danger of extinction. There used to be 3 subspecies of Sumatran rhinoceros, now there are two, which today cling to life on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, surviving with the help of some people who do their best to keep them alive on this planet.
They are the smallest rhinos in the world and the only ones in Asia with two horns. Their body is covered with fur, which makes them similar to the extinct Woolly rhinoceros. Now, there are many efforts and programs to raise the population number, even so, they remain under the great threat of illegal hunting.
Unfortunately they compete with Java rhinos for “who is most threatened.” In addition, they have failed to reach a stable population or an increase in numbers. Its reproduction is complicated considering that females only give birth once every 4 or 5 years, and that they have only been able to reproduce in captivity 2 times in 15 years. These beings live from 30 to 45 years in the wild, and in captivity the maximum that has been recorded was 32 years.
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE SUMATRA RHINOCEROS
You can help them, and many other species, by changing some activities in your life that can finally change the critical state of the species, you may not know about them yet. In the specific case of this being, you can help them by:
- Buying certified toilet paper
- Consuming less products with palm oil
- Do not buy traditional medicines made with skins
- Eating less meat
Soon we will explain in detail why each of these points are so important. In the meantime, we can tell you that there are several foundations and organizations that are dedicated, not only in protecting the Sumatran rhinoceros, but also in educating the people of the region so that they understand the importance and role of the rhinoceros in an environmental system and how the destruction of their habitat threatens its survival and also affects our own lives.
Remember, the contribution you make, whether small or large, is of immense help for these beings and all the species that need protection.
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