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

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SOS Rhino recieves product grant from Handspring Foundation


Chicago, IL -- SOS RHINO received a donation of 25 Handspring Deluxe Visor handheld computers from the Handspring Foundation. The visors will be used for the Sumatran Rhinoceros Project, Sabah, Borneo.

SOS RHINO Borneo team members, consisting of researchers, scientists, and field assistants, are using the latest technology available to coordinate the survey of the Sumatran rhinos in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo. The initial field research is focused on determining the demographics of the rhino located in an area believed to have the largest remaining population of the Bornean sub-species of the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumtraensis harrisoni).

Annelisa Kilbourn, the SOS Rhino Field Scientist and Wildlife Veterinarian, said, “without this grant we would need an additional one to two years to complete our survey project. We are grateful for this donation. This work will establish a foundation for the preservation of a little known species, the pygmy rhino of Borneo.”

The Visor devices coupled with icon based CybertTracker software speeds up training and transfer of data. Language barriers are crossed quickly. The software allow researchers to plot data point and collect information on terrain, flora, habitat utilization, wildlife, spore signs, human and animal contact, and to define natural barriers correlated to GPS coordinates.

Gisela Bushey, Worldwide Manager of the Handspring Foundation writes, “we appreciate the work of SOS Rhino and are pleased to support their efforts”.

A volunteer program allows interested individuals a chance to participate in a rhino survey in Tabin to help make a difference.

For more information on SOS Rhino Borneo and the team’s use of the latest technology, visit www.sosrhino.org