Only three Sumatran rhinos left in Sabah

Ruben Sario – Star Asia News Network KOTA KINABALU – Sabah wildlife experts are for the first time acknowledging the grim fate of the state’s Sumatran rhinos. They are now certain that the three rhinos in captivity are the only ones left and they are incapable of breeding due to health problems. State Tourism, Culture […]

Camera traps confirm that Sumatran rhinos still roam Leuser rainforest

With the help of remote camera traps, wildlife rangers have confirmed that the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) still inhabits the Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra, making the forest the only place on the Earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, elephants, and rhinos survive in a single ecosystem, though all remain Critically Endangered. An ongoing survey by […]

Endangered Sumatran rhino gives birth in Lampung

New rhino: In this 2010 file photo released by the Indonesian Rhino Foundation, locally known as Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a female Sumatran rhino named Ratu is seen at Way Kambas Rhino Reservation in Lampung, Indonesia. An Indonesian official said that 12-year-old Ratu has given birth to a male […]

Men Jailed for 8 Months for Killing 20 Orangutans

images/stories/breakingnews/Orangutan-Resuce-Image.jpg Tenggarong, East Kalimantan. Four men were sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday for slaughtering protected orangutans on an East Kalimantan palm oil plantation. The sentences are likely to anger environmental and animal rights groups, which had demanded that the defendants receive the maximum penalty of five years in prison for killing an […]

Orangutan rescued in Tripa as palm oil plantations close in

images/stories/breakingnews/Orangutan-Resuce-Image.jpg Written by Orangutan Conservancy Today an orangutan rescue team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) and BKSDA Aceh (the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s nature conservation agency in Aceh) successfully rescued a large adult male orangutan trapped in a small pocket of forest in the Tripa peat swamps, surrounded by […]

More than 100 Orangutans have been lost in Indonesian forest fires

images/stories/breakingnews/sepilok23.jpg JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned on Wednesday. The Tripa swamp forest in Aceh province is home to the world’s densest population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. About 200 […]