Peninsular Malaysia, island of Sumatra, and Sabah, Borneo
Head and body length, 2-3 m; shoulder height, 1-1.5 m
Estimated at 300
Dense tropical forest, both lowland and highland, in Southeast Asia
Kalimantan Sumatra, Indonesia Sabah, Malaysia Kalimantan
Hair today, gone tomorrow? A living link with the past, the Sumatran rhinoceros has the ability, under certain conditions, to grow a dense coat of hair like that of the long-extinct wooly rhino. The elusive browser keeps to the dense forest and treasures its solitude. Some humans, however, treasure its horns—an ingredient in traditional medicines, these horns command a high price. Rhino Protection Units are on the job, but the double whammy of poaching and habitat destruction make for a hairy situation indeed. Will the Sumatran rhinoceros survive, or follow its long-lost cousin's footsteps into extinction? Time will tell.