Racing to Know the Rarest of Rhinos, Before It’s Too Late
A two-ton rhinoceros measuring 5 feet tall and 10 feet long, with a fondness for browsing on low-lying shrubbery, hardly seems like a difficult animal to find. Unless there are fewer than 60 left on the planet.
That is the case with the Javan rhinoceros, often called the rarest large mammal on earth and perhaps the most endangered. Like its near — and larger — cousin the Indian rhinoceros, the Javan has only one horn, compared with two for Africa’s black and white rhinos and the Sumatran of Asia. The Javan, like the Indian, also has large plates of folded skin that resemble armor but do not protect against guns.