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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : December 10, 2001

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SOS RHINO, Malaysian Wildlife Department Sabah, and Singapore Zoological Gardens to host "International Sumatran Rhino Conference 2002"

Kota Kinabalu – SOS RHINO is collaborating with staff of the Malaysian Wildlife Department Sabah Borneo, University of Malaysia Sabah, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), and Singapore Zoological Gardens ( SZG) to organize the “International Sumatran Rhino Conference”. The conference will be held on April 4 and 5, 2002 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

The conference will focus on the progress of Sumatran rhino conservation efforts and successes from around the world. At least 60 participants have been invited to attend from institutions such as Forestry Department Sabah, Department of Conservation Sabah, WWF Sabah, Sarawak Forestry Department, to name a few.

Researchers and scientists from SOS RHINO, WWF AREAS Project, and the University of Malaysia Sabah will update their colleagues on the successes of their in-situ (in the wild) and ex-situ (in captivity) Sumatran rhino conservation efforts.

Dr. Edwin Bosi the Program Officer for SOS Rhino in Borneo proclaimed, “this is a landmark meeting. On the heels of the birth of the first Sumatran rhino in 112 years, we now have the attention of the conservation community. We must maintain our efforts to locate and protect these animals that remain in the wild.“ Dr. Bosi was the first to successfully breed the Sumatran in captivity at the Sepilok Research Center in Sandakan.

The Sumatran rhino is one of the most endangered of the five rhino species due to habitat loss and poaching. SOS RHINO is dedicated to protecting rhinos and their habitats, with emphasis on the Sumatran rhino, by supporting research, providing technical assistance and developing programs that educate the public on the plight of the rhinoceros.

Learn more about global conservation efforts of the Sumatran rhino by visiting SOS RHINO’s web site at