Sumatran Rhino Speed and Agility

Sumatran rhinos belong to the order Perissodactyla, or odd-toed ungulates, as do horses, zebras and tapirs. They have three toes, each with a large toenail, and large, soft soles on each foot. While rhinos and horses might not look related, they are physiologically alike and can have similar parasites and diseases.

Sumatran rhino are the smallest species of rhino and can run at fast speeds for short periods of time. They are also extremely agile and can turn quickly within their own body length. They can climb steep riverbanks and slopes and easily traverse rocky terrain. 

Sumatran rhinos prefer dense, tropical forests and can break through thick vegetation with their horns and with the protection of their skin. They also use game paths to travel through thick vegetation and along major rivers.












Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.