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SOS Rhino Review
February 2007

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. Frequently Asked Questions
6. How You Can Help
7. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
8. About Us


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1. Feature Stories

Sumatran Rhino In The Wild Captured On Video
During a routine patrol, Justin Lanjang, Team Leader for SOS Rhino Borneo’s Rhino Protection Unit #5, together with his teammates James Sandiyang, Suhairin Putra, Marikus Suyat and Hirzi Luqman amazingly captured a video of a Sumatran rhino in the wild, using a hand-held video camera.  They have also  encountered two other direct sightings of rhinos. Just several seconds of video were captured, but the image was clear enough to prove that Sumatran rhinos do exist in pockets of Sabah’s wild jungle!

“All the hard work has paid off” Justin Lanjang

View video HERE or right click HERE to download to your desktop!

SOS Rhino Borneo:  Rhino Protection Units Monitor and Patrol Tabin Wildlife Reserve to complete protection of the Sumatran rhino of Sabah, Malaysia

SOS Rhino Borneo’s (SOSRB) Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) directly engage local governments, villagers, local businesses and the oil palm plantations surrounding the Reserve in the effort to protect the forest. By securing the assistance of these stakeholders, the SOSRB Protection Units more efficiently monitor and patrol the Reserve and cut off all potential entry or exit points utilized by encroachers. SOSRB has established a collaborative program that requires units to be highly mobile and responsive. Protection, at its most basic level, involves securing Reserve boundaries and monitoring the jungle via constant patrolling. Since 2002, SOSRB’s rangers have become the Sabah Wildlife Department’s honorary game wardens. “Since we started our constant joint patrols in 2001 with the Wildlife Department, the evidence of human illicit activities in the forest have decreased significantly”, said Dr Schaffer, President of SOS Rhino.

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2. World Rhino News

Rare rhinos disappearing in Nepal
Dozens of rare one-horned rhinos have gone missing in south-western Nepal in recent years, say conservationists. A recent census carried out at a national park in Bardiya suggested there were only 26 rhinos left. The number stood at 83 four years ago.

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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 and Tabin Wildlife Reserve announce the Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo

The Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo is a 7 Day, 6 Night program that combines a comfortable stay at the charming Tabin Wildlife Resort with a survey program where participants will join SOS Rhino Borneo’s Rhino Protection and Survey staff deep in the jungles of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in search for signs of the elusive Sumatran rhino in its natural habitat.

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5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Scientists believe that rhinos share the same order as horses and tapirs because of the shape of their skull, dental structure, and toes.

2. When was the black rhino added to the endangered species list?

3. Why is the rhino species, Ceratotherium simum, commonly called the "white" rhinoceros?


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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7. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


1. TRUE. Rhinos, horses, and tapirs are classified in the order Perissodactyla (odd-toed animals).

2. The international body that presents lists of endangered species is the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Their first lists appeared in the 1960's and the black rhino has been on the list since the beginning.

3. The common name, white rhinoceros, comes from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: weit, meaning "wide".

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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