No one knows exactly how many rare Sumatran rhinos are left in the wild, but new estimates suggest the population is as low as 30. The best-case scenario? Just under 100. And there are just nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity.
These are bleak estimates, especially since if the Sumatran rhino dies off, that will be the end of the entire genus.
"The Sumatran rhino doesn't just represent a single species – it is the last survivor in its genus, which has been separated from other living rhinos for around 25 million years," Jeremy Hance, a wildlife journalist, told The Dodo. Hance has just published a four-part series on the critically endangered animal, “Is Anyone Going to Save the Sumatran Rhino?” at Mongabay. "It's a living relic to a lost past. It's also a direct relative of the extinct woolly rhino — how cool is that?"