1 Tahrcountry Musings: Poaching reduces Borneo’s population of Sumatran rhinos

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Poaching reduces Borneo’s population of Sumatran rhinos

A field survey in the Malaysian State of Sabah and analysis of data on historical rhino habitat has come up with disturbing news that poaching has significantly reduced Borneo’s population of Sumatran rhinos. Field staff from WWF ,Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Parks, the Sabah Foundation,the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project, SOS Rhino, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Operation Raleigh participated in the survey. Evidence of at least 13 rhinos in the interior of Sabah is the only silver lining. Populations on the Indonesian side of the island and in the Malaysian State of Sarawak are believed to be extinct. There are believed to be fewer than 300 Sumatran rhinos left in the world.

1 comment:

Sneha said...

well, there we go again. Another sad story of man's greed overtaking.What is happening to the environmentalists of Malaysia and Indonesia?, or are the development lobbies so powerful that they can stifle the voice of environmentalists?