Claire Oelrichs, Marie Gale
Sumatran Rhino declared extinct in Sabah Borneo. Can we save the very last wild populations?
Tam, here at Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Sabah, may be the world's last male Bornean rhino and one of the last Sumatran rhinos. Photo by: Jeremy Hance. Courtesy Mongabay.
HELP US PLANT RHINO TREES
There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister (18 April 2015) "We are facing the prospect of our Sumatran rhinos going extinct in our lifetime,” Manjun noted. (Jeremy Hance, Mongabay 23 April 2015)
The Rhinos in Sumatra, across the Java Sea from Borneo, are hanging on by a thread. There are 2, possibly 3, potentially viable populations left in Sumatra. One of those is in the Way Kambas National Park where there are believed to be about 25 individual Rhinos.
The anti-poaching patrols are keeping poachers out but the Rhinos need more food and more forest to survive. They are gentle, shy, vegetarians and slow to breed. As the forests around them have been decimated they have retreated into isolated pockets of forest and now teeter on the edge of extinction.
You have the ability to help. This is critical and time urgent.
HELP US PLANT RHINO TREES
Our Target: 5,000 Rhino Food trees and 5,000 Habitat trees planted in 1 year. 10,000 trees planted by June 30th 2016.
We need to raise: $30,000
Each tree costs $3
Buy 5 trees for just $15, 10 trees for $30 / 100 trees for $300.
This includes collecting seeds, potting and growing on seedlings. Planting seedlings in the forest. Plus setting up rainwater tanks and watering systems to get seedlings established.
Way Kambas National Park (1,300km2/130,000hectares), consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest and lies at the extreme southern end of the eastern coastal plain of Sumatra. It encompasses part of the vast, seasonally inundated swamp area of eastern Sumatra.
Championed by Claire Oelrichs & Marie Gale of SIES. SIES works on the ground in Way Kambas National Park with local NGO's, committed conservationists and the park staff. 100% of funds raised will go to the project.
A female Sumatran rhino, Bina, in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Bina is the last survivor of 40 rhinos caught from the wild in the 1980s and 90s and taken to various zoos, a project that has long been considered a failure. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs. Courtesy Mongabay
This project will be managed by Claire Oelrichs and Marie Gale of the organisation Save Indonesia's Endangered Species (SIES) with the involvement of the students of Southern Cross University (Australia) and the community at Way Kambas in Sumatra.
Claire Oelrich and Marie Gale.
Sumatran Rhino. Photo by: Claire Oelrichs