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Javan Rhino Print
Javan Rhino Print
The Javan Rhino is the rarest of the rhino species with 60-63 animals surviving only in Indonesia.
This is an 8" x 10" archival inkjet print on bamboo paper
- Wild Population/Print Edition: 60 (updated)
- Population In Captivity: 0
- Threatened by: poaching (horns are coveted for traditional Chinese medicine), habitat loss
- Scientific Name: Rhinoceros sondaicus
- Habitat: lowland tropical rainforests in Indonesia and Vietnam
- Aliases: Sunda Rhinoceros, Lesser One-horned Rhinoceros
ARTIST: CHRISTOPHER REIGER
Christopher Reiger is a writer, photographer, and artist. His visual art has been widely exhibited in the United States, including two solo shows in New York City. His work has been written about in numerous print and online publications.
Animals figure prominently in my drawings and paintings. Usually, however, there is plenty of photographic art scrap to use as source material. In the case of the Javan Rhinoceros, this is definitely not the case!
In order to minimize stress for the critically endangered rhino, researchers study the species via fecal sampling and camera traps; the animals are rarely encountered or observed. As a general rule, the Javan Rhino is wary of humans and retreats into dense forests when they sense our presence. When humans do approach, whether intentionally or by mistake, the Javan Rhino becomes aggressive and will often attack, stabbing with the incisors of its lower jaw while thrusting upward with its head. Of course, such wariness and aggression are good survival tactics, but it makes the rhinos extremely difficult to study. (Interestingly, some researchers contend that these behaviors are a recent adaptation to population stresses. Historical records indicate that the species was once more gregarious.)
Because so little photographic documentation is available, this drawing marked the first time I've had to work from both images and written descriptions. It was a very curious process, and I hope that I've done the Javan Rhino justice!
CONSERVATION: THE INTERNATIONAL RHINO FOUNDATION
Based in the U.S. IRF operates on-the-ground programs in all areas of the world where rhinos live in the wild. In five countries across two continents, IRF supports viable populations of the five remaining rhino species and the communities that coexist with them.