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Javan Rhino

Rhinoceros sondaicus

The Javan Rhinoceros belongs to the order of the Perissodactyla and is one of the three species of Rhinos native to Asia. Currently it lives in the dense tropical rain forest of Ujung Kulon, but in 2010 was declared extinct in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. It was known in historic times from the Ganges delta in Bangladesh, adjacent parts of India, through Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. It is the rarest species of rhino and only about 50 individuals remain on the Ujung Kulon Peninsula, Western Java. The population has been stable due to conservation efforts, but numbers don't seem to be increasing. The Javan Rhino looks much like the Indian Rhino but is smaller and its skin-folds are less defined.