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