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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : November 5th, 2003

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SOS Rhino Announces Community Outreach Program in Borneo

November 5, 2003

Chicago, IL - SOS RHINO, a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting rhinos with a focus on the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino, is collaborating with Sabahís Department of Tourism, Environment, Science and Technology (TEST) and Singapore Zoological Gardens (SZG) to establish a community outreach program in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Villagers along the border of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, an area believed to be home to the last remaining wild population of Sumatran rhinos in Sabah, are encouraged to establish tourism-related activities within their villages and surrounding areas.

Datuk Karim Bujang, Assistant Minister of TEST, met with the people of Kampung Parit, a village north of Tabin reserve, to discuss the community outreach program and ways of making it successful. The outreach programs will be designed so that visitors and volunteers will benefit from the field and cultural experience by walking away with a strong sense of the need to preserve and protect the Sumatran rhino and promote Tabin and surrounding areas as tourist destinations.

Singapore Zoological Gardens (SZG) is donating funds specifically for building materials. These materials will enable the villagers to create and run Education and Research Visitor Centers.

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 the organization can be found on our website: