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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : January 2000 : Sumatran rhino sighted in Johor's Sedili Forests

Sumatran rhino sighted in Johor's Sedili Forests

Malaysian National News Agency
January 11, 2000

The Johor National Parks and Wildlife Department plans to trap a Sumatran rhinoceros seen wandering in the Sedili forests near Kota Tinggi by village folks recently. The department's Acting Director Shahruddin Othman said today the actual location where the rhino was sighted would be determined before the trap was laid for the animal which faced extinction.

"It will be held in captivity to facilitate a series of studies and research work under the development and training programme of the United Nations,"he told Bernama here.

The studies would also determine the actual number of rhino and their distribution in the Endau-Rompin forests near Mersing, Johor, he said. "At present the wet weather conditions are posing a problem in our efforts to locate the animal," he said. He said that in 1994, the department also captured a baby rhino at Sungai Ara, Kota Tinggi and it was now in captivity in Sungai Dusun, Selangor. "We think there are still three or four such rhinos in the Endau-Rompin, forests," he added




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