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Where oh where are the Sumatran rhinos?

By February 19, 2021Conservation

Sumatran Rhino named Ratu at Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas, Lampung Province, Sumatra Island, Indonesia (2013). Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Mongabay Podcast, Mongabay | February 18, 2021
  • Sumatran rhinos are one of the most endangered large mammals on the planet, with no more than 80 left in the wild.
  • Not only that but biologists are challenged to even find them in the dense rainforests they call home in order to conserve them via captive breeding.
  • To shed light on the animal’s precarious situation and mysterious whereabouts, this episode of the Mongabay Explores podcast series speaks with conservation biologist Wulan Pusparini.
  • This ‘rhino search and rescue’ is a big challenge she tells host Mike DiGirolamo in this episode of the podcast.

The Sumatran rhino is a cute but cryptic species that teeters on the brink: with an estimated 80 individuals left in the wilds of its super dense rainforest home, experts are also divided on where they are.

With conflicting and sometimes misleading data on their whereabouts, it is exceedingly difficult to track them down, and to therefore protect them.

To discuss this ‘rhino search and rescue’ as she calls it, host Mike DiGirolamo contacted repeat guest Wulan Pusparini, who studied them as a species conservation specialist with the Wildlife Conservation Society before pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Conservation at Oxford University.

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