Rare rhino spot­ted in Bor­neo, dies

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

S C I E N T I S T S R E C E N T LY made phys­i­cal con­tact with a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran rhino on the In­done­sian part of Bor­neo Is­land. The con­tact was the first in 40 years. The rhino was caught in a pit trap in March in East Kal­i­man­tan prov­ince in an area close to min­ing oper­a­tions and plan­ta­tions. The six-year-old fe­male died a few weeks af­ter cap­ture for un­known rea­sons. Bor­neo is the world's third-largest is­land that is shared be­tween Malaysia, In­done­sia and Brunei. The cap­ture of the rhino was a joint ef­fort be­tween In­done­sian en­vi­ron­ment min­istry of­fi­cials, the World Wildlife Fund and the Rhino Foun­da­tion of In­done­sia.

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