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SOS Rhino : In the News : Importance of corridors for wildlife recognised

Importance of corridors for wildlife recognised

  Karim said the State Government was beginning to realise that conserving wildlife required more than keeping pockets of protected areas.

"For instance animals need corridors to move from place to place. As such, giving vent to linking up complete successions of ecosystems is being looked at.

"The Government is establishing new protected areas to extend the existing protected area network that already covered about 11 per cent of the State. These include wetlands in the Klias Peninsula (in southwest Sabah) and Lower Segama and a marine area in Kudat," he said.

He said while the workshop focussed on the conservation of the Sumatran rhino, the Sabah Government is concerned with a list of other endangered species such as the Orang-utan, Proboscis monkey, Elephant, Banteng , marine mammals and reptiles like the Dugong and Sea turtles.

He urged rhino experts from the US, South Africa, Indonesia, Holland, Malaysia, etc, to share conservation information.

"Where necessary and possible, we would like to adopt the conservation measures of the success stories," he said.

"Let us develop and establish essential co-operation mechanisms among ourselves in Sumatran Rhino conservation through sharing information and expertise."

Other speakers at the workshop included Dr Edwin Bosi, Dr Petra Kretzschmar, SOS Rhino's Science Director and Program Co-ordinator, who gave an update on Sepilok's rhino captivity breeding programme.

Highlighting the extremely limited success in captive breeding around the world, she noted there was "only one successful birth in captivity in 100 years."

One captive female rhino at Sepilok during Dr Bosi's time managed to conceive and held the pregnancy for three-months before losing its foetus.

However, to Sabah's credit, it was noted at the workshop that American experts responsible for the sole success at Cincinnati Zoo a couple of years, used lessons learnt from Sepilok's failure.

Even so, Dr Nan Schaffer called the Cincinnati success a "miracle".

Friday's meeting will discuss in-situ and ex-situ conservation after which a resolution is expected as a workshop output.

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