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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : January 2001 : Kiwi conservationist on save-rhino trip
 

Kiwi conservationist on save-rhino trip

 
Kiwi conservationist on save-rhino trip
The Press (Christchurch)
January 3, 2001

A New Zealand conservationist has left local environmental problems behind in a bid to help save the world's rarest rhinoceros. Auckland Forest and Bird Society chairman Kit Howden will spend the next two years at Nam Cat Tien National Park, in southern Vietnam, as part of a stint with Volunteer Service Abroad.

The 150,000ha park -- about twice the size of Tongariro National Park -- is one of the world's conservation hot spots and the last refuge in Vietnam of the critically endangered Javan rhino. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the rhinoceros is possibly the most threatened large mammal in the world. Between 10 and 15 live in a remote part of the park, but they have never been seen by a foreign scientist or tourist. About 60 of the rhinos are thought to be left in Indonesia.

Supplied by New Zealand Press Association




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