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Rare Sumatran rhinos spotted in Indonesian forest

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 00:48

October 8 - Indonesia's environmentalists find evidence of a Sumatran rhino population in the Kalimantan forests.

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Sumatran rhinos were thought to have been wiped out in eastern Borneo, but new camera trap footage shows that one or maybe even more have managed to survive. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say the images give them hope of restoring the population. In the wild, the Sumatran rhino once roamed across southeast Asia but today, fewer than 300 are believed to survive. Some are kept in zoos, but they rarely breed in captivity. Conservationists say the new footage illustrates an urgent need to protect and preserve the species in the wild. (SOUNDBITE) Sunarto, a species specialist at WWF Indonesia, saying (Bahasa Indonesia): "We have now intensified studies on the Sumatran rhino ecology and how big the population is, in order to start a serious conservation program that involves government and allows the community to support it." The Sumatran rhino is the smallest of the species, but its horn is prized in Chinese medicine and can fetch up to $30,000 (USD) per kilo on the black market

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Rare Sumatran rhinos spotted in Indonesian forest

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 00:48