The SOS Rhino Teams work
at Sepilok involves assessing the reproductive integrity of both
male and female rhinos. New tools including hormone analysis and
ultrasound are proving to be very useful to help determine estrus
and monitor pregnancies.
Team members based at Sepilok have established the
progesterone and estradiol profiles and the male is assessed for
viable spermatozoa. This data matched with the keeper and research
assistants daily rhino behavior observations, provide evidence
for the appropriate times for introducing animals for breeding.
SOS Rhino is fully committed to assist the Sabah Wildlife Department
to successfully breed the rhinos housed at Sepilok. The staff is
responsible for collecting blood for hormone levels, ultrasound
of the reproductive system and maintaining the health of the animals.
Much of the Sumatran rhinocero's biology, nutrition and natural
history is still a mystery. All data collected is vital to the successful
conservation of this species.
Learn More about the Sumatran Rhino Breeding Centre at Sepilok