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Female Sumatran Rhino Offers Hope to Save Her Species

Female Sumatran Rhino Offers Hope to Save Her Species

As the Sumatran rhino's numbers continue to plummet headlong towards extinction, conservation officials have been in a race against time to find a breeding pair to spearhead their long-term preservation. Three years ago, wildlife authorities on the island of Borneo discovered a suitable male rhino, though finding him a mate proved no easy task. With fewer than forty of the endangered animals remaining and hope at a premium, Melanesian rhino-couplers announced recently that, after years of searching, a young female rhino had finally been found to assist in the effort of saving her species. In 2008, a male Sumatran rhino, named Tam, was captured after being injured by a poacher's trap on in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. Since then, he's been kept by the Sabah Wildlife Department in hopes of one day creating a successful captive rhino breeding program. Previously a female h...

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