1 Tahrcountry Musings: Sumatra Rhino Population Reduced by 50 Percent

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sumatra Rhino Population Reduced by 50 Percent

The population of the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) ,the most endangered of all rhinoceros species in the world, has dropped by around 50 percent over the last 10 years due poaching and deforestation. Sumatran Rhino, the only two-horned rhino in the Asian region, is found in Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, South Bukit Barisan and Way Kambas National Parks. In the past, their habitats were connected to each other. But now, they are totally fragmented due to the opening of forest areas for plantations and human settlements, he said. Environmentalists are desperately seeking ways to stem the tide.

1 comment:

Prasanth Kodai said...

What sad news. When are we going to balance development and conservation?.This Rhino is on the verge of extinction. Even its movements are restricted because the corridors have been hogged by "developers"