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SOS Rhino Review
APRIL 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


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1. Feature Stories

Monthly Field Report: February 2005
After a considerable time we finally managed to find a person to fill the position of Development Officer for SOS Rhino (Borneo). She is Gem Asildo, a graduate in Social Development and Administration, Universiti Sains Malaysia and has many years of working experience.

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Dr. Nan Schaffer elected to Chicago Zoological Society Board of Trustees
Nan Schaffer, DVM, president and founder of SOS Rhino, was recently elected to the Chicago Zoological Society Board of Trustees, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

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2. World Rhino News

War and Politics Threaten Congo's Endangered Rhinos
PUL, Congo - If the endangered northern white rhinos are driven to extinction, which many experts predict, it will be politics, and not just poachers, that finishes them off.

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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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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. You can join our team and take part in our surveys, and depending on your experience, you can also help collect data, assist with building camp sites, write articles about your jungle experiences, become a fundraiser, and help teach English to some of our field staff.

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5. Trivia Questions


1. TRUE OR FALSE: The reasons for the rhinoceros' continual decline are poaching and habitat loss.

2. Do rhinos really stomp out fires?

3. Is the rhinoceros an aggressive animal?


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

2. There are a number of legends about the rhinoceros stomping out fire. The story seems to have been common in Malaysia and Burma.This type of rhinoceros even had a special name in Malay, 'badak api', where badak means rhinoceros and api means fire. The animal would come when a fire is lit in the forest and stamp it out. If there is or can be any truth in the legend, it would be hard to decide. Suffice it to say that there has been no sighting of this phenomenon in recent history. Of course, the rhinoceros in South East Asia has become very rare is hardly ever met nowadays, as it keeps to the deep forest and high mountains.

3. The rhinoceros will always be seen as an aggressive animal. Its behavior when approached by men will vary, but can often be interpreted as aggression. When left alone, the rhino will rarely attack on its own accord.

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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