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CONTACT: Sabah Wildlife Department 088 215167
SOS Rhino Borneo 088 388405
4TH SUMATRAN RHINOCEROS CONSERVATION WORKSHOP 2007
5TH - 6TH JULY 2007
Kota Kinabalu - The 4th Sumatran Rhinoceros Conservation Workshop 2007 will be held on July 5 and 6 at Pacific Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu . The workshop is organized by the Sabah Wildlife Department and SOS Rhino Borneo Bhd., in partnership with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The two-day workshop will be launched by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.
On the first day of the workshop the technical working group will evaluate and review the 2004 recommendations for Sumatran rhinoceros conservation and progress achieved to date. The core discussion will focus on the future of in-situ conservation and an analysis of the population viability of the Sumatran Rhinoceros in Sabah. It is expected that new updated recommendations will be produced.
The technical working group is formed by researchers and scientists from SOS Rhino Borneo, Sabah Wildlife Department, WWF-Malaysia, University of Malaysia Sabah, Sabah Forestry Department, Jabatan Perhilitan, Asian Rhino Specialist Group, to name a few.
On the second day of the workshop, speakers have been invited to deliberate a number of issues pertaining to the plight of the Sumatran Rhinoceros and their current programs and activities on Sumatran Rhinoceros Conservation in Malaysia. The focus will be on the issues of monitoring, enforcement, surveys, research, community outreach, education and tourism.
Over 60 stakeholders and participants from the conservation, tourism, education and business sectors have been invited to attend the two-day workshop.
The Sumatran rhino is the most endangered of the five rhino species due to habitat loss and poaching. With estimates of only 30-40 Sabah rhinos remaining, immediate action is critical.