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SOS Rhino Review
January 2006

Welcome to the SOS Rhino Review, a newsletter about rhinos from SOS Rhino. You’ll find links to interesting articles here as well as updates on our efforts to save rhinos all over the world. Let us know if you’d rather not receive this newsletter.

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

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


Full Stories Are Available Via Web Links

 

1. Feature Stories

MONTHLY FIELD REPORT
November 2005
By:  Dr. Edwin Bosi

November 1st was Deepavali holiday in Malaysia. A multiracial country, Indians represent about 15% of the Malaysian population. Deepavali means the festival of lights. On 3rd was the beginning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, to mark the end of the month-long Muslim fasting month or Ramadan. For three days, Muslims in Malaysia open their home to friends and relatives. I made a special trip to Dagat on 3rd November to join in the predominantly Muslims community there to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. SOS Rhino (Borneo) field team members and I had the opportunity to visit several homes.

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UNC senior wins Rhodes Scholarship
(CHAPEL HILL) - Kate Harris, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won a 2006 Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England.

Note:  Kate Harris was one of SOS Rhino’s first volunteers at the start of the program in

2002. Read Kate’s journal excerpts here:
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Read the Rhodes Scholarship article here:
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2. World Rhino News

Javanese Rhinos in Danger of Extinction 
Bogor, (ANTARA News) - Javanese rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus) are in danger of extinction due to forest destruction, forest concession activities, and hunting.

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Footprints May Be Key to Protecting Rare Rhinos
(National Geographic News): Imagine a database with digital files on every imperiled animal on the planet. That's what two rhino researchers have in mind, and they say it starts with a single footprint.

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3. 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!

Click HERE to view the list of our donors!

4. Find It On Our Web Site

SOS Rhino Videos
As part of SOS Rhino's continuing education and awareness efforts, we create videos to aid in the task of getting the plight of the rhino into the minds of the general public (we have even received national awards for our work in video).

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5. Trivia Questions


1. TRUE OR FALSE:  Rhino horn is made of compacted hair and keratin.

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

3. Why do rhinos have horns?


6 . 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. 312.335.0868, fax 312.335.0076. Inquires emailed to info@sosrhino.org.

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Volunteer
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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Participate in the Borneo Rhino Challenge 2006 Fundraiser
SOS RHINO invites you to climb to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, cycle the Northern tip of Borneo, and help us search for the elusive Sumatran rhinoceros of Borneo. You'll see an astonishing variety of rare and endemic plants, primates, and birds during your trek and cycle in some of the most beautiful areas of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. As part of the challenge you will join SOS Rhino's field staff deep in the jungles of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in search of the last remaining small, shy forest rhinos of Malaysian Borneo.

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7. Trivia Answers


1. TRUE.  Rhino horn is made of the same material as our fingernails.

2. It is highly priced for its horn, which is supposed to have medicinal properties. 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. Poaching is a very serious threat. It is also still intensifying.

3. The horns are very well developed in the two species in Africa (black and white rhinos), but much smaller in the three species in Asia (Sumatran with 2 very small horns, Indian and Javan with one horn).  The Asian species certainly do not use the horns to fight or to defend themselves, they use their incisors (sharp front teeth for the purpose). The horns have come about in evolution and they had (have) a general function to impress members of the opposite sex.  Horns are also used for digging in waterbeds to find water, or to uproot shrubs etc.  Some rhinos use the horn to guide their offspring.  This is generally the front horn, the second horn does not have a very specific purpose at the moment.  We suppose that they had some purpose in the course of evolution.


8. About Us

SOS Rhino is a non-profit, international foundation dedicated to preserving the five rhinoceros species in their natural habitats. Our conservation programs combine research, education, marketing and advocacy, all working collectively to achieve sustainable results.

Through diverse stakeholder support, SOS Rhino develops and funds rhino conservation and awareness programs appropriate to individual countries, providing these countries with the information and tools to build lasting rhino conservation.

It is our goal to secure a place for this ancient animal in tomorrow’s world.

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