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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : April 18th, 2003

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SOS Rhino Announces Borneo Rhino Challenge 2004: Fundraising Effort to Preserve Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino

Chicago, IL – SOS Rhino, a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting rhinos with a focus on the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, announces the Borneo Rhino Challenge 2004, a biathlon consisting of a mountain trek and biking in Malaysian Borneo. This 12 day event to be held May, 2004, will raise funds for SOS Rhino’s conservation efforts toward the highly endangered Sumatran rhino, specifically, raising funds to support anti-poaching units in Borneo.

The event consists of a two day, 85 mile mountain biking challenge coupled with a hike to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, elevation 13,422 feet, as part of the two week adventure. Also, as part of the Challenge, the team will join SOS Rhino’s field staff deep in the jungles of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in search for signs of the elusive Sumatran rhino in its natural habitat. One of the highlights of the extraordinary trip is a visit to the internationally renowned Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and rhino-breeding center in Sandakan, Malaysia.

Dr. Nan Schaffer, President, SOS Rhino comments, “Shy, curious, vastly different from its larger cousins, the Sumatran rhino is one of the most unique creatures on earth. Only in Borneo and on this venture can the public still experience the last of these creatures in their native habitat, while taking advantage of the world class accommodations and organized event planning of a country that pampers the world traveler.”

The program is open to 20 adventurous people who must be fit, healthy and ready to work hard. The estimated cost is $4,000 per person including airfare. There will be guides, rangers and medical and mechanical support close by at all times. SOS Rhino is partnering with Save the Rhino International on this program.

The Sumatran rhino is highly endangered due to poaching and human encroachment within their natural habitat. With only 200 remaining worldwide, the Sumatran rhino is the most unique of the five rhino species living today. The smallest in size, it is known as the “hairy rhino” due to the course hair covering its entire body. The Sumatran rhino currently lives in pocket populations in the rainforest of Sumatra, Indonesia, and Malaysian Borneo.

For the past 20 years SOS Rhino has provided funding and technical assistance to rhino conservation research, education, and public awareness programs and events worldwide. More information on this organization can be found on our website: