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SOS Rhino : In the News : Rhino numbers dwindle
 

Rhino numbers dwindle

  Last Update: Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 1:38am (AEDT)
ABC NEWSONLINE, Australia

The world's most endangered species of rhinoceros, Indonesia's Sumatran rhinoceros, may be on the brink of extinction.

Indonesia's Forestry Ministry says there may be fewer than 50 of the animals remaining in the wild.

Poaching is the main threat to the rhinos.

Indonesia's Forestry Ministry says the animals are slaughtered for their horns, which are sold as ingredients for Chinese medicine.

Spokesman for World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Indonesian office Nasir Fouad has called on people to refrain from hunting the rare animal.

"The only use for the rhinos in Sumatra is the horn, which is for the Chinese medicine," he said.

"The amount of money that the poacher gets on the field is less than $1,000.

"It can go up to tens of thousand of dollars if you go to the end user in the market, for the same weight of one rhino horn."

-ABC/AFP




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