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  SOS Rhino : In The News : Newsletter : May 2002

SOS Rhino Review

May, 2002

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. If you'd 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. World Rhino News
2. Feature Stories
3. Donor Appreciation
4. Find It On Our Web Site
5. Trivia Questions
6. How You Can Help
7. Trivia Answers

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1. World Rhino News

Poachers Prey on Rhinos in Nepal's Royal Chitwan Park
Conservationists in Nepal are shocked to learn that 39 endangered one-horned rhinoceros have been found dead during past 12 months in Royal Chitwan National Park.

Trade in animal parts biggest threat to wildlife in Asia, says study
A rampant trade in animal parts such as rhino horns and bear paws for use in medicines and gourmet food is the single greatest threat to wildlife in Asia.


2. Feature Stories

Modern technology helps the conservation of prehistoric creatures
Wildlife conservation in large forest areas of the world is challenged by the remoteness of the sites, dense vegetation, lack of qualified human resources, and in the case of the Sumatran rhino, the scarcity of this endangered species. The collection of information to evaluate the distribution and demographics of the Sumatran rhino is key when establishing wildlife management programs for their conservation.


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!

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
Ultra Source Rainbow
Equitek Sonosite
Handspring Foundation VisualMedia
Jaybe Singapore Zoological Gardens
WriteBrainProductions RhinoSkin

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


4. Find It On Our Web Site

Need information for your school project or report on any of the five rhino species living today, or just curious? Visit the Rhino Species page of our Rhinowledge area for all the facts!

Stop on by our Online Field Journal for the latest news from our Borneo Team on the Sumatran rhino surveys being conducted deep in the jungle of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.


5. Trivia Questions

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Female Javan rhinos do not have a horn.
2. How does the Indian rhinoceros differ from the Javan and Sumatran Rhinoceros?
3. Other than medicine, what else is rhino horn used for?


6. How You Can Help

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 our Donate page today, and give from your heart.


7. Trivia Answers

1. TRUE. There has been a controversy over the matter and of course some females may have a bit of a horn, but they are very small. The former populations in the Sundarbans, now Bangladesh, where the Javan rhino was the only species, is called Rhinoceros sondaicus inermis, where inermis means without horn - the type specimen was a female.
2. The Indian rhinoceros differs from the Javan rhinoceros by size and the arrangements of folds, and from the Sumatran rhinoceros by size, lack of hairs and the number of horns.
3. The horns are used in Yemen to make handles for the daggers that all men wear. These handles can be made from different material, but traditionally one of the better types is that made from rhinoceros horn.


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