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  SOS Rhino : In The News : Newsletter : January 2003

SOS Rhino Review
January 2003

Welcome to the SOS Rhino Review, a newsletter about rhinos from SOS Rhino. Youčll find links to interesting articles here as well as a few surprises! We have provided some updates on our efforts to save rhinos all over the world. If youčd rather not receive this newsletter, simply reply to this e-mail and type "Unsubscribe" in the subject field.

And now, let's go to the rhino news.

1. About Us
2. World Rhino News
3. Feature Stories
4. Donor Appreciation
5. Find It On Our Web Site
6. Trivia Questions
7. How You Can Help
8. Trivia Answers

Full Stories Are Available Via Web Links

1. About Us

SOS RHINO is a non-profit foundation that provides funds and technical assistance for the conservation of the captive and wild rhinoceros. We support programs in research, education, public awareness programs and events, and endeavors directed to secure the survival of these species.

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2. World Rhino News

Rhinos Lost as Nepal's Park Police Fight Elsewhere
Endangered and protected wild species face threats to their survival in Nepal's national parks as a result of continuous bloody violence by Maoist insurgents for the past seven years. Since a state of emergency was imposed on Nepal in December 2001, security forces have been reduced in national parks and protected areas, which has encouraged poachers.

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Work On Rhino Sanctuary Starts
Work on the future rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district has started.
Rhino Fund Uganda Executive Director Yvonne Verkaik said in a statement, that over 1200 square meters of bush have already been cleared for an airstrip where flown in rhinos, tourists and emergency veterinary will land.

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3. Featured Stories

Every year, we use 20 million tons of oil. We use it to wash our hair, soap our bodies, clean the floor; it's in candles, cream, cosmetics and cakes – and most of us have no idea it's there. A report published this month by WWF has, however, identified a downside to this "green" oil. WWF says that vast tracts of oil palm "monocultures" are causing increasingly serious problems for both local people and the environment, destroying huge swathes of rainforest and threatening some endangered animals.

Unilever is establishing a sustainable palm oil plantation in Malaysia under the auspices of their local company, Pamol. Liquid effluent from the processing plant is used as water and fertilizer for trees; plants that fix nitrogen and fertilise the soil are grown between trees; insects and owls are encouraged to keep down pests; and hillsides are left as forest, decreasing erosion and providing a wildlife refuge.

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4. Donor Appreciation

SOS RHINO wishes to acknowledge the following individuals, organizations, and foundations for their generous support of our programs. Their support comes in many forms: donation of their expertise and time, funds for specific programs and equipment, and donation of products. THANK YOU!

Betsy and Rick Schaffer Ashley Schaffer
Charlene Pedersen Yuristian Amadin
Christen Schaffer Joyce and Mark Fleming
Daniel Andersen Liza Wiid
Dave and Laura Hall Barbara Marshall
Douglas Furtek Vachira Tontrakulpaibul
Dr. Richard Schaffer Elias Sadalla-Filho
Ellen and Jim Roberts Marie and Bab O'Brien
Erin Fleming Laura Fleming
Jimmie Reid Pat Harrison
Julia Ferguson Rebecca Spear
Justin Mikah Lee Foo Hwa
Donna Bruno Brian McKee
Tim Duffin Diane B. Monsivais
Judy Whitaker Frederick Furtek
Janet Liew Eleanor Howe
Don & Jill Hall Susan Moy-Laveau
Joel Pond Theresa Pasquarella
Robert L. Finch Melissa Lain-Finch
Dan Ronchetti Natalie Mylniczenko
Sue Lannin Brett Haskins
Bill Moran Christy Azzarello
Carrie Azzarello Debra Tuffner
Jason Klingkammer Chrisy Bolden
Oliver Block Yuristian Amadin
Norah Farnham Tiffany Barbour
Mark Thomas Seymour & Sara Sohmer
Ultra Source Rainbow Ridge
Equitek Sonosite
Handspring Foundation VisualMedia
Jaybee Singapore Zoological Gardens
WriteBrain Productions RhinoSkin/Saunders
North Bank, Chicago IL  

The "Magic Horn" Ultimate Frisbee Team:
Megan Brennan, Wade Callahan, Suzy Friedman, Charlie Goblet, Carter Johnson, Dave Kahle, Doug Kirk, Frank Kuhr, Neema Navai, Katie O’Rourke, Kenny Outcalt, Katherine Patnode, Bob Pearl, Barrett Ruemping, Mike Tomaszewski, Cherie Weinewuth

SOS Rhino wishes to acknowledge the following individuals and organizations for their contribution to the “SOS RHINO Annelisa Memorial Fund”. Donated funds will be used to help continue Dr. Kilbourn’s work dedicated to the survival of the Sumatran rhinos in Malaysia. THANK YOU!

Donna Bruno Mike Skidmore
Cheryl Mell Penny Reidy
Kathryn Gamble Jill Gossett
Anne & Anthony Schroeder Cathy Gluckman
Sue & Gene Connolly Barbara Marshall
Chinquapin Trust Company Black Rhino Foundation


5. Find It On Our Web Site

If you love lush, tropical beauty, exotic animals and fascinating people, then this is the trip for you! Arrangements are being made at this time for a group trip to Malaysia from the United States to meet the Sumatran Rhino of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Click here for details: Click to read the full news article


6. Trivia Questions

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Rhino horns are not real horns.

2. What term is used to describe a congregation of rhinos?

3. What are the reasons for the continual decreasing rhino population?


7. How You Can Help

Adopt a rhino, doc or keeper. Buy a t-shirt, hat, or video
There are only 300 Sumatran rhinos left on Earth. Without direct help from generous humans, they may never be seen again. We urge you to give what you can in the form of a donation – protect a rhino or adopt a rhino, doc, researcher, keeper, or purchase one of SOS Rhino’s products: a T-shirt, hat, or video. Visit today, and give from your heart.
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Contribute to the “SOS Rhino Annelisa Memorial Fund”
SOS Rhino has established memorial fund in Dr. Annelisa Kilbourn’s name to help continue her work dedicated to the survival of the Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. Contributions can be made by clicking the button below or mailed directly to SOS Rhino (checks should be made out to “SOS RHINO”)680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. attn: Annelisa Fund. 312.222.0440, fax 312.222.0990. Inquires emailed to
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SOS RHINO is looking for volunteers interested in helping us in our efforts to save the Sumatran rhinoceros. Our Borneo Team is studying the demographics of the remaining animals in Tabin Wildlife Reserve to determine when patrol units, habitat protection, or translocation may play a role in the rhinos' survival. Read more:
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8. Trivia Answers

1. TRUE. Rhino horn grows from the rhino's skin and not from the skull like a true horn.

2. Modern writers refer to a congregation of rhinoceroses as a "crash". This is sometimes found in crosswords or quizzes. "Herd" would not be zoologically correct because rhinos do not stay in one group for long. Scientists still use "groups" for the rhinoceros and it is a correct term.

3. Its natural habitat is taken away by the growing human population. Land is converted for use in agriculture or roads, forests are still logged for hardwood. It is also highly priced for its horn, which is supposed to have medicinal properties. This belief is very common in Far Eastern countries like China.


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