Mar 252013
 

With the number of (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) now under 200 and declining rapidly, a group of conservationists have organized an emergency summit to discuss courses of action to save the world’s smallest remaining rhino from extinction.

The Crisis Summit is being convened by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 31 March to 4 April, 2013 in Singapore. The meeting aims to come up with a plan and funds to prevent the rhino’s extinction.

Tam. Photo by: Jeremy Hance

Past efforts to protect the Sumatran Rhinoceros — including a disastrous captive breeding program — largely failed. The species, which clings to life in parts of peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Malaysian Borneo, is most immediately threatened by its low population density in the wild, poaching for their horns, and habitat loss.

Organizers of the event include the Alliance (BORA, Malaysia), Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP, Malaysia), Fauna and Flora International (FFI Indonesia), Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (YABI), Indonesian Zoo and Aquarium Association (PKBSI), (IRF), Leuser International Foundation (LIF, Indonesia), (WCS Indonesia), (TSI), WWF and SOS Rhino US.

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0317-sumatran-rhino-summit.html

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2 Comments on "Facing extinction, conservationists call emergency summit to save Sumatran rhinos"

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Susan Lee
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This is just heartbreakingly sad.

Ian Standivan
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since the three seperate populations are potentually 3 seperate races/sub-species the situation is probably more critical than stated.

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