Sumatran Rhinos Could Go Extinct, But It’s Not Entirely Our Fault

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Sumatran Rhinos Could Go Extinct, But It’s Not Entirely Our Fault
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Sumatran rhinos are one of the most endangered animal species in the world. These plant-eating animals originate from the order Perissodactyla and can reach a shoulder height of 3.67 to 4.76 feet. It’s not hard to recognize the species. They have two skin folds which encircle the body around the legs and trunk area. Two horns are located on the snout, with the frontal horn being larger and more visible compared to the nasal one. According to a group of scientists from the U.S., the problems concerning the extinction of these mammals had started during the last Ice Age, as their habitat got smaller. After that, it was human impact that affected the number of living rhinos, now counting fewer than 250 left in the wilderness. They conducted a study which was published in the journal Current Biology

“Our genome sequence data revealed that the Pleistocene was a roller-coaster ride for Sumatran rhinoceros populations,” said Herman Mays, Kr., from Marshall University in the press release.

“This species has been well on its way to extinction for a very long time” Terri Roth of the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, added.

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