04 Apr '13, 5pm

Has WWF just condemned the last rhino in Kalimantan?

Has WWF just condemned the last rhino in Kalimantan? Commentary by Erik Meijaard April 04, 2013 print WWF-Indonesia recently caught the attention of the global media with their announcement that the Sumatran rhinoceros still exists in Indonesian Borneo , some 40 years after being declared extinct there. This sounds like great news for biodiversity conservation. But is it really? Sumatran rhinos were once wide-spread in South-East Asia, but poaching for their horn decimated populations. In Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, there had been no reliable records of the species since the 1970s, although there were rumors of their continued existence at least until the mid-1990s (Meijaard, 1996). Tracks recently discovered in an undisclosed part of Kalimantan by a WWF field team provide the first evidence that the species is not yet extinct in Kalimantan. Commenting on th...

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