Malay common name: Badak Sumbu Sumatera
English common name: Sumatran Rhinoceros
Scientific name: Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
rank: Critically endangered
Photo Source: WWF
I’m a very shy animal so I can be difficult to spot. I mainly roam through dense rainforests, mountain moss forests, and hilly areas during the night. I prefer areas that are close to the water so that I can wallow in the water and mud during the day. This helps me cool off, keeps my skin moisturized, and keeps irritating bugs from biting me. I like to eat during the cooler parts of the day: dawn and dusk. I’m a herbivore and will eat anything I can find, like young saplings, leaves, fruit, twigs, and bark. My favourite treats to snack on are mangoes, bamboo, and figs. I can eat an average of 50 kilograms of food every single day! In order to get minerals like calcium and sodium, I visit salt licks.
I prefer to hang out on my own but when I have a baby we will form a close bond with each other. Once the baby is ready to be independent, I will be solitary again. Sadly, there are no wild Sumatran Rhinoceroses left in Malaysia as of 2017.
You can learn more about me in this video.