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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : June 2000 : Fund for Rhino Conservation Launched in Malaysia

Fund for Rhino Conservation Launched in Malaysia

June 5, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Rhino Trust Fund (MRTF) was launched Monday with the main objective of generating income for rhinoceros conservation efforts in the country.

The fund, launched by the Pacific Asia Tourism Association(PATA) Malaysia Chapter, will also serve as an awareness campaign to the public, officials said at the launch held in the northwestern state of Pulau Pinang, according to Bernama news agency.

The amount of the fund was however not announced.

The public, especially schoolchildren, are taught the importance of nature and the rhinoceros is used as the flagship species to emphasize the importance of the ecosystem, said Hadi Mohamad, veterinary officer of the Rhino Conservation Center (RCC) which will be used as a living classroom for the students to have hands-on experience on what they have learned.

The center uses the "gene-pool" concept whereby the animals were released into their natural habitat to allow them to breed on their own.

The 4,160-hactare center currently manages two male and five female rhinoceroses captured in threatened areas throughout peninsular Malaysia.




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