Despite the tragic news that South Africa’s rhino death toll reached 633 in mid-December 2012, the year actually marked extraordinary achievements in worldwide rhino conservation. In addition to the exciting conservation success stories of 2012, critical steps were taken to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks responsible for trafficking rhino horn, and the rhino crisis received unprecedented media coverage.
The International Rhino Keeper Association (IRKA) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) have produced a gorgeous 2013 Rhino Conservation Calendar, featuring photos submitted by rhino supporters from around the world. Update: CALENDARS ARE SOLD OUT! Thank you for supporting Sumatran rhino conservation. Sale proceeds from the 2013 Rhino Conservation Calendar will assist the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (Yayasan
A population survey has revealed that Sumatran rhinos are still surviving in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem area — where they have not been seen for 26 years. Seven individual Sumatran rhinos were identified from over 1,000 photographs taken by camera traps, according to a statement released by the Leuser International Foundation (LIF). The survey team also found footprints, feces, mud wallows, and “t
It’s a Boy! Sumatran Rhino ‘Ratu’ Gives Birth in Indonesia (via http://www.rhinoconservation.org) History has been made at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, where Ratu has reportedly given birth to a healthy male calf! Widodo Ramono from the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary told AFP that the baby was born on Saturday, June 23rd. Ratu gave birth a male baby at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. Both the mother
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia has declared June 5th, 2012, as the beginning of the International Year of the Rhino. It is a fitting proclamation, as Indonesia is home to the world’s rarest rhino species: Javan and Sumatran rhinos. Both species are classified as Critically Endangered, with populations teetering at only around 40 Javan rhinos and fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos. Dr. Susie Ellis,