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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : July 11, 2006
  SOS Rhino and Tabin Wildlife Reserve announce the Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo
  Announcement
For Immediate Release
11 July 2006

SOS Rhino and Tabin Wildlife Reserve announce the Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo

The Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo is a 7 Day, 6 Night program that combines a comfortable stay at the charming Tabin Wildlife Resort with a survey program where participants will join SOS Rhino Borneo’s Rhino Protection and Survey staff deep in the jungles of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, in search for signs of the elusive Sumatran rhino in its natural habitat.

Tabin was declared a wildlife reserve because of the large numbers of wildlife and birds inhabiting its jungle, many of which are endemic and endangered species. Amongst them is the most endangered of the rhino species, the Sumatran rhino. Tabin is suspected to have the largest remaining population of Sumatran rhinos on the island of Borneo.

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 of a country that pampers the world traveler."

The Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo will be offered on the 12th and 26th of each month beginning July 2006 and going through March 2007, to coincide with SOS Rhino Borneo’s rangers’ surveys. Estimated cost is US$1206 per person, plus international and domestic airfare. Part of the cost is donated to SOS Rhino’s efforts to save the Sumatran rhino of Borneo from extinction.

This is an excellent program enabling the participants to sample the best of what Tabin has to offer – comfortable accommodation and beautiful rainforest setting of Tabin Wildlife Resort, and the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the Sumatran rhino.

The Sumatran rhino is highly endangered due to poaching and human encroachment within their natural habitat. With only 300 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 rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, and Malaysian Borneo.

For bookings and further information on the Rhino Survey Expedition in Borneo, please contact: INTRA TRAVEL in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Phone: 60-88-261558 Fax: 60-88-267558
Email
: enquiry@tabinwildlife.com.my

For more information on SOS Rhino visit: www.sosrhino.org

For more information on Tabin Wildlife Reserve visit: www.tabinwildlife.com