DD to JD on 9-19-2011:
Which elicited the reply:
JD to DD on 9-22-2011:
I thought Javan rhinos were extinct everywhere except Java, one place in Vietnam and possibly northern Burma. If not, maybe you do need to write a blog..
|Range Map for Javan Rhinos, from an article|
about the Vietnamese population.
I had made some mentions of the matter in the yahoo group Frontiers-of-Zoology as far back as the group's beginnings in 2006. A member back on Halloween of that year queried my reference to rhinoceroses fighting with their tusks and not their horns and part of my response included the following information:
"Actually this matter of tusks was something I found out about in Sanderson's files, seems there were rumors of a 'Hippopotamus' in Sumatra for years until somebody connected up the teeth natives were selling with a reported rhinoceros with one horn. It evidently fights with its teeth, and the horn is small, not noticeable at all in some females"
|Sumatran One-horned "Water Rhino" photo ca 2006|
Caption on last photo: "Sumatran Javan Rhino. This was an unknown animal to Willy Ley and so on into Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures : it was not to Sanderson in Living Mammals of the World"
Here is the full information as I gave it to Jon just before posting it here:
--Best Wishes, Dale D.
Incidentally the Javan population and the Sumatran population of the Javan Rhinoceros are thought to be the same species. The Javan (Sunda) rhinoceros was the last of rhinoceros species to be identified by science and some amazement developed recently that some pockets of the species had survived undetected in parts of Vietnam despite the damage the war had taken on them as well as the rest of the ecosystem.
|Sumatran hairy two-horned rhinoceros, Cinicinatti zoo, from Wikipedia.|