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Scientists Want To Legalize Rhino Horn Trade To Protect Species From Extinction
2013-03-01 10:23:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of leading environmental scientists are advocating a legal trade in rhino horn as a last ditch effort to save the animals from extinction. The scientists argue that the current global ban on rhino products has failed to protect the animals as death rates among the world's remaining black and white rhinos are soaring. This increased death rate is due to illegal poaching to supply the insatiable demand for these...

Critical Situation For Rhino Species
2012-08-05 16:17:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Peter de Groot hopes that his recent finding confirming the extinction of the Javan rhinoceros in Vietnam will push the public to help protect the last remaining group of these prehistoric creatures living in Indonesia. “We still have a chance to save the species but before we do anything, we have to determine the profile of the remaining group,” he says. The demise of the Javan rhinoceros population living in...

2012-06-24 22:20:25

LAMPUNG, Indonesia, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is pleased to announce the birth of a baby male rhino born to Ratu, a 12-year-old Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park. The calf was born on June 23 at 12:46 a.m. with no complications, attended by SRS veterinarians, keepers and international advisors.. There are fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos living in Indonesia and Malaysia. This is the...

2012-06-22 06:21:05

LAMPUNG, Indonesia, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is anticipating the birth of a Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park. This birth is one of the most significant advances of the conservation effort for Sumatran rhinos. With fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos remaining in Indonesia and Malaysia, the birth is being anticipated globally. The rhino calf is expected to be born sometime within the next few...

Rhino Diet May Affect Reproduction
2012-03-22 12:42:09

The once thriving captive-born southern white rhinoceros population is being threatened by their diet, according to new research. San Diego Zoo Global researchers predict that phytoestrogens in the rhinoceros´ food may be causing reproductive failure in the females. In a press release detailing the research, Christopher Tubbs, researcher with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research explained the importance of the study. “Understanding why the captive white...

Future Of Sumatran Tigers Threatened By Human Disturbances
2012-03-01 04:52:51

Three of the world's subspecies of tigers are now extinct. A new study found that the Sumatran tiger subspecies is nearing extinction as a result of human activities, particularly the conversion of natural forests into forestry and agricultural plantations, leading to habitat loss. The study, conducted by Virginia Tech and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is the first of its kind to systematically investigate the use of different land cover types – not just forests but also plantation...

2012-02-23 00:40:00

NBC´s Rock Center with Brian Williams Highlights Epidemic of Rhino Poaching to Feed Demand in Asian Communities, including those in US (PRWEB) February 22, 2012 WHAT:    Telephone Interviews Available WHO:    Matthew Lewis, African Rhino Expert at World Wildlife Fund Barney Long, Asian Rhino Expert at World Wildlife Fund HOW:    Contact Caroline Behringer at (443) 285-1925 or caroline.behringer(at)wwfus(dot)org WHY: Poaching...

2012-02-08 11:43:00

SUMATRA, Indonesia, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists around the world are following the pregnancy of Ratu, a seven year old Sumatran rhino who lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park. The International Rhino Foundation announced today that Ratu has just completed the 11th month of her pregnancy, and they are optimistic she will deliver a healthy baby Sumatran Rhino. In February 2010, Ratu's first pregnancy was diagnosed but she...

Western Black Rhino of Africa Declared Extinct
2011-11-10 12:26:45

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Thursday that the Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct. The group said the Northern White Rhino of central Africa is also now "possibly extinct" in the wild and the Javan Rhino is "probably extinct" in Vietnam. "A lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts in many rhino habitats, international organized crime groups targeting rhinos and increasing illegal demand for...

2011-11-03 00:00:00

Rhino poaching in South Africa averages more than one per day, surpassing 2010 record. Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 02, 2011 More rhinos have been killed in South Africa in the past 10 months than were killed in all of 2010, new poaching numbers reveal. Statistics from South Africa National Parks show that 341 animals have been lost to poaching so far in 2011, compared to a record total of 333 last year. South Africaâs grim milestone comes on the heels of an announcement...