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SOS Rhino Review
July 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

Saving the ancient rhino: From zoos to forests, science vs. extinction
The rhinoceros is one of the oldest mammals on Earth. Of the more than 30 species that once existed, only five survive: the Indian, Sumatran and Javan rhinos of Asia and the black and white rhinos of Africa. All are threatened with extinction because of poaching.

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Endangered African rhino populations on the increase
Some rhino sub-species are still critically endangered, however. In Cameroon, the Western Black Rhino is down to just five animals, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the Northern White Rhino numbers fewer than 30.

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2. Feature Stories

Alarm bells on the Sabah rhino
Despite efforts taken by the State Government for a number of years, the rhino's (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) numbers continue to decline, with poaching being the major threat, said Laurentius N Ambu of the Sabah Wildlife Department.

Apart from poaching, logging activities causing disturbance, loss and fragmentation of the rhino's habitat also contributed to its declining population.
He said what was adding to the woes was that it is now quite impossible to ascertain the actual number of rhinos in Sabah.

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NGOs' efforts in conservation lauded by Sabah
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Environment, Science and Technology Datuk Karim Bujang said that the participation of these NGOs is heartening.
Speaking at the 2nd Sumatran Rhino conservation Seminar held at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort yesterday, he said the State government is especially pleased at the NGOs' active role in the conservation of rhinos in Sabah.

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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!

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 Ridge
Equitek Sonosite
Handspring Foundation VisualMedia
Jaybee Singapore Zoological Gardens
WriteBrain Productions RhinoSkin/Saunders

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

Every 2-3 years, SOS Rhino participates in a wide scale joint research proposal funding process. Over twenty-eight proposals were submitted from as far away as Indonesia, Germany and South Africa. While we could support only 10 of the candidates, our hope is to focus on critical rhino issues. Additionally, we support educational grants, and projects that support our overall mission and goals.

Read about some of the projects we support

The Rhinoceros Reproduction Program (RPR) intent is to facilitate propagation of these endangered species. The RPR coordinates with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) on goals for reproduction in the rhinoceros.

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5. Trivia Questions

1. TRUE OR FALSE: Javan rhinos can be found in zoos today
2. Name the wildlife park that houses the highest number of white rhinos
3. How many toes do rhinos have on each foot?


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. 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. Whipsnade Park, UK houses the highest number of white rhinos with around 70 specimens.
3. Rhinos have three toes on each foot.


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