Wildlife authorities hope a rare young female captured in the wild will mate with a rescued male

In order to help save the rare and very endangered rhino, women in Nawalparasi, Nepal have taken it upon themselves to be proactive when it comes to setting local-level policies and patrolling the area to protect the rhino.

One approach that they have come up with is a rule to esquire anyone including those entering the village without showing identity who might be suspected of possible rhino poaching. The women have also started day-to-day patrolling in the village and forest entry areas for the protection of rhinos in the Gundred Community Forest. This was set up under the Amaltari Mid-zone Forest Users Committee. Meena Mahato, the Chairperson of Kanchanjunga Women's Group has stated that, "Daily patrolling is a part of our efforts to protect the rhinos living in the local community forest." These women must be highly commended for taking this on as monitoring for poaching can be very dangerous.

In Malaysia, wildlife authorities have captured a female Borneo Sumatran rhino, who will be paired with a new mate in a breeding program meant to save their species from extinction. Shockingly the number of these rhino have fallen to fewer than 40 in the jungles of Borneo. The efforts to find a suitable mate for a middle aged rhino named Tam have taken over 3 years. Time is very valuable in the race against extinction for this species.

The rangers of the Sabah wildlife department are very excited as they have not observed a living rhino near Puntung, Malaysia in years suggesting that there are so few left in the wild that there are few opportunities to reproduce. The Borneo Sumatran rhinos are a subspecies of the Sumatran rhino, which is the world's smallest rhino species, standing little more than 4ft (120cm) at the shoulder. The Borneo subspecies is found only in Malaysia's corner of the island of Borneo. They have been severely threatened by logging, development and poaching. Hopefully this breeding program will help to keep them from becoming extinct. In this time of greed and disregard for our endangered animal species on the planet, desperate measures are indeed needed.

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  1. Where else in the world could i witness this amazing birth. Thank you, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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