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‘Extreme intervention’ needed to save last remaining Sumatran rhinos: Conservationists

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 25, 2020   /  05:55 pm
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A Sumatran rhinoceros.(Shutterstock/Handoko Ramawidjaya Bumi)

As the Sumatran rhinoceros inches closer to extinction, conservationists have called for serious intervention to restore a viable wild population. The proposed efforts include a captive breeding program for the solitary creatures. Sumatran rhinos, the smallest living rhinos and the only Asian rhinos with two horns, are critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In the Malaysian section of Borneo, one of the historic habitats of Sumatran rhinos, the species was declared extinct last year. The remaining population is small and dispersed, with fewer than 80 rhinos spread across three habitats in Sumatra and one habitat in East Kalimantan, according to an estimate by the Environment and Forestry Ministry. The largest population is thought to be at Gunung Leuser National Park in Aceh. In the past, Sumatran rhinos were also foun...