The Sumatran rhino, unlike most Asian rhinos, has two horns, a front and rear. The front, or nasal horn, is the large, with one animal having a horn measured at 81 centimetres in length (thought most do not grow above 25). The second, or frontal horn is considerably shorter, sometimes little more than a bump. Males tend to have longer horns than females. These horns are not used in fighting, but for scraping open wallows, pulling down edible branches, and breaking paths through dense vegetation. The rhino’s horn is made of keratin, the same material that makes up hair and fingernails, but is also the cause of the rhino’s decline. Rhino horn is highly valued in East Asia as a folk medicine and status symbol, and today poaching and over-hunting is by far the biggest threat to the Sumatran rhino’s continued survival.
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