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SOS Rhino Review
October 2002

Welcome to the SOS Rhino Review, a newsletter about rhinos from SOS Rhino. You¹ll 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 you¹d 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. About Us
2. World Rhino News
3. Feature Stories
4. Donor Appreciation
5. Find It On Our Web Site
6. Trivia Questions
7. How You Can Help
8. Trivia Answers

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1. About Us

SOS RHINO is a non-profit foundation that provides funds and technical assistance for the conservation of the captive and wild rhinoceros. We support programs in research, education, public awareness programs and events, and endeavors directed to secure the survival of these species.

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2. World Rhino News

Sumatran rhinos wait for helping hand
JAKARTA -- Out of five remaining species of rhinos left in the world, Indonesia is home to two -- the Javanese and Sumatran rhinos. These two rare species of rhinos -- the Javanese rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) which has a single horn and the Sumatran rhino (Dicerhirhinus sumatrensis) which has two horns -- are known as key species in the conservation of nature diversity as their survival assures the protection of other wildlife. But at present, the survival of these protected herbivores is at stake.

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Zimbabwe's wildlife is threatened by poaching and thirst
ZIMBABWE -- A herd of about 30 black rhinos is in desperate trouble in Zimbabwe after war veterans invaded the game farm where they live. Though poaching is a threat, thirst may kill them first. Richard Pascal, owner of the confiscated land, is worried about their water supply.

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3. Featured Stories

Summer 2002 volunteer experience with SOS Rhino¹s Borneo team
I left Chicago on my way to Borneo on May 31st, 2002 without much expectation as to what my summer volunteering for SOS Rhino would entail. My typical outlook on travel is not to have overwhelming expectations and therefore those inevitable twists and turns of the travel experience are anything but disappointing.

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4. 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
Judy Whitaker Frederick Furtek
Janet Liew Eleanor Howe
Don & Jill Hall Susan Moy-Laveau
Joel Pond Theresa Pasquarella
Robert L. Finch Melissa Lain-Finch
Dan Ronchetti Natalie Mylniczenko
Sue Lannin Brett Haskins
Bill Moran Christy Azzarello
Carrie Azzarello Debra Tuffner
Jason Klingkammer Chrisy Bolden
Oliver Block  
Ultra Source Rainbow Ridge
Equitek Sonosite
Handspring Foundation VisualMedia
Jaybee Singapore Zoological Gardens
WriteBrain Productions RhinoSkin/Saunders
North Bank, Chicago IL  

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


5. Find It On Our Web Site

Created by Dr. Kees Rookmaaker, the Rhino Resource Center is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge on the five endangered species of rhinoceros.

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SOS Rhino has been involved in captive animal management and support -- read about our support and collaboration efforts with Zoos.

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6. Trivia Questions

1. TRUE or FALSE: Rhinos can run at a speed of 40 km per hour.

2. Can Javan and Sumatran rhinos be found along the northern Indian-Mayanmar border today?

3. Which animal is bigger, the hippo or the rhino?

7. 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 Rhino¹s products: a T-shirt, hat, or video. Visit our Donate page today, and give from your heart.


8. Trivia Answers

1. TRUE. Speeds of about 40 km per hour for short distances have been reliably measured for rhinoceroses in Africa. A top speed of 55 km per hour has been mentioned once.

2. There are very few data about rhinos in Myanmar and Thailand. There may be small pockets in remote areas, and while these are more likely to be Sumatran rhinos, one never knows. There is very little hope that there is any viable population of Javan rhinos anywhere outside Java and Vietnam.

3. Just compare the hippo from Africa with the white rhino from South Africa: Length, in hippo up to 350 cm, in rhino up to 420 cm
Height, in hippo up to 165 cm, in rhino up to 185 cm
Weight, in hippo, up to 3200 kg, in rhino up to 3600 kg
We believe that the rhino is definitely bigger than the hippo.


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