PRESS RELEASE -
SOS RHINO COLLABORATES WITH SINGAPORE ZOO AND MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT
TO HELP SAVE THE SUMATRAN RHINO
September 1, 2000
Saving the seriously threatened Sumatran Rhino is
the catalyst behind an international partnership announced today.
SOS RHINO based in Southeast Asia and Chicago, USA is assisting
efforts by the Malaysian government and the Singapore Zoo to raise
public awareness about the shy, hairy Sumatran Rhino that teeters
With less than 300 Sumatran Rhinos remaining, immediate action is
needed for this animal to survive, said Nan Schaffer, DVM, a representative
of SOS RHINO and an internationally recognized expert on rhino reproduction.
SOS RHINO is working to educate the public about the Sumatran Rhino,
which, being a shy elusive animal, is not well known or understood
by the public. The program includes reaching the public with rhino
conservation messages through special exhibits at Zoo Negara, Kuala
Lump a motorcycle ride at Singapore Zoo and broadcasting the message
via local cable channels. The goal is to raise funds to help support
Sumatran Rhino conservation programs in Malaysia.
Singapore Zoo Director Bernard Harrison said funds raised through
the collaborative effort would go to Asian rhino conservation programs.
"We hope our public education efforts will raise awareness
about the terrible situation the Sumatran Rhino faces today. Many
people are unaware that this species of rhino is so close to extinction,"
"How tragic that we could witness in our lifetime the extinction
of an animal that has survived 40 million years," said Dr.
Schaffer, whose 18 years of research in rhino reproduction may provide
answers to addressing the problem of saving a species nearly wiped
out by humans.
Dr. Schaffer has been providing technical assistance to the Malaysian
Wildlife Department since 1991. "The Malaysian Wildlife Department
has done a tremendous job working to preserve these rhinos,"
she said. "They need further support in their efforts."
She believes public support can help save the Sumatran Rhino through
raising awareness of the crisis created by the demand for rhino
horn products; supporting anti-poaching efforts; and protecting
the rhino's natural habitat so it can breed and thrive.
SOS RHINO FUND provides financial and technical assistance for research,
education and public awareness to secure the survival of rhinos.
Contributions support research on rhino reproduction and nutrition;
rhino protection units that counter illegal poaching; public education
about the rhino; the purchase of much needed equipment; and the
upgrading of facilities that provide sanctuary for rhinos.
Contributions made to SOS RHINO FUND at Wildlife Reserves of Singapore,
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 or SOS RHINO
at 680 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60611.
Learn more about SOS RHINO and the collaboration by visiting the
web site at www.sosrhino.org.