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SOS Rhino Review
March 2005

Welcome to the SOS Rhino Review, a newsletter about rhinos from SOS Rhino. You'll 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. 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

So why do I spend a little time and money on the Sabah program?
When I met field researchers in Tanzania, I realized how much trouble they had with their technical tools, and also how much rapidly developing technology could benefit them. Supporting field friends gives me an excuse to buy and play with interesting new "technotoys" and to visit field projects. So I look for, and occasionally buy and donate equipment.

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SOS Rhino Voluntary Placement
I worked as a volunteer for SOS Rhino at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo, for 2 months, from December 2004 to January 2005. My main responsibility was to promote the charity because a lot of visitors to Sepilok were unaware of the plight of the Sumatran rhinos, or the fact that 2 rhinos were held at Sepilok.

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2. World Rhino News

Horn Of Plenty
Kaziranga turns 100 and celebrates the rhino's return from near-extinction with a party in the grasslands. After a few million years of chomping along the grasslands that stretched from Pakistan to Bengal, you can't blame the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros for wondering if this party is unforgivably belated.

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Poachers Threaten Tourism

Illegal hunting and snaring feeds a ready bush-meat and ivory market. High demand for bush meat, coupled with a thriving underground trade in ivory, is threatening Kenya's most revered tourist attraction: wildlife.

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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

BORNEO RHINO CHALLENGE 2005
Trek, Cycle, and Quest for the Sumatran Rhino of Borneo

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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5. Trivia Questions


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

Participate in SOS Rhino’s Annual Borneo Rhino Challenge Fundraiser
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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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. Trivia Answers


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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