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SOS Rhino Review
July thru October 2007

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.

A note to all of our readers: The feature stories and rhino news sections of this issue focuses on news from the 4th Sumatran Rhinoceros Conservation Workshop held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on July 5 and 6, 2007.

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

4th Sumatran Rhino Conservation Workshop

“Saving the species was the most urgent message driven home at the workshop”

SOS Rhino Borneo and the Sabah Wildlife Department, recently organized the 4th Sumatran Rhino Conservation workshop, in partnership with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.  The two-day workshop was held in Kota Kinabalu and was officially launched by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment YB Datuk Hj. Masidi Manjun. There were 90 participants in attendance most of whom were from the conservation, environmental, and tourism sectors.

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2. World Rhino News

Herding rhinos into fenced area to mate as solution

Concentrating Sabah's last remaining rhino population in a large fenced up area within a natural forest to promote mating could well bring it back from the brink of extinction as India and Nepal had succeeded with the Indian Rhino.

"It is entirely possible," Dr Nan affirmed when asked of Sabah's chances in its last ditch attempt at saving the remaining herd of 30 to 50 Bornean rhinos found in the southeastern forests. Although Sabah's rhinos are of the Sumatran stock, they are a sub-species.

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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

Sumatran Rhino In The Wild Captured On Video

A video clip of a Sumatran rhino was captured by SOS Rhino Borneo’s Rangers during a daytime routine patrol in 2006. This sighting and rare video footage documenting the Sumatran rhino in its natural habitat is indeed very exciting. SOS Rhino has been working with the Sabah Wildlife Department in patrolling and surveying for evidence of these animals for almost ten years now, and although tracks and signs of these rhinos have been documented, this is the first actual sighting of a wild Sumatran rhino in Borneo to be captured on film by hand-held video camera.

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5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Why do some rhinos have square lips while others have pointed lips?

2. Is the rhinoceros an aggressive animal?

3. Do rhinos have teeth?

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

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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. The white rhinoceros in Africa is the species with the wide upper lip. It is the rhinoceros that spends much of its time grazing for which reason it has developed this wide lip to help in cutting off the sharp grass.The black rhinoceros in Africa is a browser and has a prehensile upper lip to find and cut off the browse on shrubs and trees. It has a far smaller head because is does not need all the muscles for lowering the head.

2. The rhinoceros will always be seen as an aggressive animal.  Its behaviour 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.

3. All rhinos, those from Asia as well as Africa, have teeth in the sides of their jaws, called premolars and molars.  The Asian species of rhinoceros also show well-developed front teeth.  In fact, the incisors of the Indian Rhinoceros are its main means of defence, much more dangerous than the horn on the nose.

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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