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SOS Rhino Review
June 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. Frequently Asked Questions
6. How You Can Help
7. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
8. About Us


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1. Feature Stories

MONTHLY FIELD REPORT
March 2006


Jose Dias Ferreira is a Mammal and Bird Curator at Lisbon Zoo, Lisbon, Portugal. He has heard of our efforts to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction through our international sponsors in wildlife conservation. Unlike his predecessor, Alfonso de Albuquerque the conqueror, who sailed the seas, Jose took a flight in! And, for 19 days he was with SOS Rhino Borneo -- ?captive? and ?entrapped? in the wilds of Tabin. He kept abreast with the fast paced but agile footed and confident RPU members. He had first hand experience on the struggles of the patrol unit in searching for the elusive rhino, endless trekking, traversing rivers (swollen within minutes after a heavy downpour), slippery vertical ascend and descending terrain, food rationing, just to name a few of the routine challenges of our protection units.

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2. World Rhino News

South Africa plans to crack down on 'canned hunting' of wildlife  
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – South Africa proposed new laws Tuesday that would end the “canned hunting” of wildlife bred in captivity to be shot in closed reserves by wealthy tourists. “The days of captive breeding of listed species for any purposes except science and conservation are over,” Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said.

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Southeast Asia plans wildlife crime-busting units
BANGKOK - Special wildlife crime-busting units will form the core of Southeast Asia’s first coordinated effort against the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in animals and plants, officials said yesterday.
"They will go after the big guys," Steve Galster, director of WildAid Thailand, which will help train the units, told Reuters.

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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

Rhino Links

Find organizations and institutions that SOS Rhino works with or has worked with, knows, or just thinks you should know. It is by no means complete. If you have other links you think should be listed on this site, send their addresses and some information on the organizations to info@sosrhino.org.

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5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Javan rhinos can be found in captivity today.

2. How far do rhinos usually travel in a day?

3. In the dry season, how far will rhinos travel to seek water?


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. FALSE. Throughout history from 1600 onward there have been only 22 Javan rhinos in captivity. The last known specimen in captivity was housed at a zoo in Adelaide, Australia from 1886 to 1907.

2. In Africa, it is said that when food and water are abundant, rhinos have no incentive to travel, so they stay in their favored localities. Rhinos in Africa are said to have a home range of about 12 sq. km, which means they would not travel more than a few miles each day.

3. Asian rhinos do not have a major problem in obtaining water, and travel to find food or partners. In Africa during the dry season, depending on the sources of water, the range increases from 12 sq. km up to 20 sq. km. Rhinos don't need to drink everyday, and cycles of about six days have been recorded.

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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