Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Sumatran Rhino



The Sumatran Rhinoceros are considered as the most endangered of the five living Rhino species in the world. Their numbers are decreasing at a rapid pace, due to poaching and cutting/burning of forest in Indonesia and Malaysia.

There are only around 200 Sumatran Rhinos in the world, most of them live in the wilderness of Sumatra, Indonesia, and Sabah, Malaysia, where they live up to the age of 40.

Nine of them live in captivity around the world, including Emi, 21 years old, who died last Saturday after living at a zoo in Cincinnati, USA, for 14 years.
With Emi's death, the zoo still has Emi's mate, Ipuh, and Suci, a calf that Emi birthed in 2004.

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I hope that there would be more serious efforts to maintain the Sumatran Rhino among others by keeping their forest habitat remain unspoiled, i.e. by strengthening the Environment Law.

Photo: Courtesy of AP

6 comments:

Anastasia F-B said...

I was wondering how seriously people take the conservation issue in Indonesia. Is there an organisation, for instance. dedicated to the preservation of wildlife?

H. Nizam said...

Ana,
We have Walhi an NGO which monitor the environment, we have a minister who take care of it and we just amended the environment law that enable civilian Park Rangers to investigate violations. Hopefully the condition will improve.

Anuh said...

So, what can we do as a blogger..? to help a conservation

H. Nizam said...

Anuh,
As a blogger we can spread the words about saving nature, for example by writing about the importance of trees and forests, the danger of cutting forests, about toxic wastes of chemical factories that are thrown to the river, do not waste papers, do not smoke cigarette in public area, etc.

Saung Web said...

Hi I'm coming here... nice post

H. Nizam said...

Saung Web,
Thank you very much for your visit and your kind words.