Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sumatran Rhinoceros

I guess finding a rhino in a jungle is like finding a needle in a haystack [National Geographic, Photo in the News: Rare Rhinoceros Spotted in Borneo Jungle]:
The first ever photo of a male Sumatran rhinoceros in the wild offers concrete proof that the rare animals are living in the Malaysian section of the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, wildlife rangers announced last week.

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"We have been tracking these animals here in [the Malaysian state of] Sabah for almost ten years now, and although we have seen tracks and signs of the rhino, this is the actual first sighting of a rhino in the wild," M.S. Thayaparan, field program officer for SOS Rhino in Borneo, said in a media release.
More on the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros at Wikipedia and more information on SOS Rhino at their website. In Borneo:
SOS Rhino is dedicated to protecting rhinos and their habitat. The Bornean sub-species of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni) is one of the most endangered rhinos – mainly due to habitat loss and poaching. There may be as few as 30 of this sub-species left in the wild and only two in captivity. With large and varied habitat requirements, the protection of this animal will further the conservation of other fauna and flora in the ecosystem they inhabit.
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