Monday, November 07, 2011

Catch rhinos in Sabah to save them

KOTA KINABALU: Captive breeding of the Borneo Sumatran rhinos seems to be the way forward in preventing its extinction.

With an estimated 216 of the species left in Sabah and Indonesia, conservation groups want funding and captive breeding allowed.

If nothing is done, they claim the species can become extinct in two decades.

The groups that are making the call are Borneo Rhino Alliance, Land Empowerment Animals People, Resources Stewardship Consultants Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Nature So­cie­ty, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and WWF-Malaysia.

Their appeal comes following the extinction of the Javan rhino in mainland Asia.

Leaving rhinos in the wild to be poached or die of old age, they say, is no longer an adequate approach in conservation.

The groups noted that such measures were necessary based on recent data from governments, non-governmental organisations and researchers indicating that the global Sumatran rhino population had declined from about 320 in 1995.

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