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Australia donates $3 mil for rhinos

August 15, 2013
WWF will use the Australian donation to restore Sumatran rhino numbers

WWF will use the Australian donation to restore Sumatran rhino numbers

Australia will give Sumatra $3 million over the next three years to save the threatened Sumatran rhino, Foreign Minister Bob Carr posted on his WordPress today.

Senator Carr said the support over 2013-2016 will provide a much needed funding boost to existing projects that are already demonstrating results in protecting the Sumatran Rhino – the smallest of all rhinos and reportedly the most endangered rhino species.

“Australia is proud to be supporting environmental sustainability in Indonesia to help preserve this special species.

“Funding will be directed to projects that help to protect the rhino and its habitat and to provide work and skills for local people.

“Illegal logging and poaching is pushing the Sumatran Rhino towards extinction.

Mr Carr’s announcement did not refer to the threat of rhino habitat fragmentation caused by the massive expansion of palm oil plantations on the Indonesian island which pose much more significant threats than illegal logging or poaching. Authorities in Sumatra say rhino poaching hasn’t occurred for five years.

To find out more about Sumatran rhinos go to Rescuing the Sumatran Rhino: Fixing a fragmented population

OR read more about Australia’s much needed funding to save this threatened species from extinction.

“While surviving in greater numbers than the Javan rhino, Sumatran rhinos are more threatened by poaching and there is no indication that the population is stabilising.

“Overall, Sumatran rhino numbers have more than halved between 1985 and 1995, with the total number now estimated at under 200.

“Tragically, most of these rhino populations are very small and may not be sustainable.

“The largest and possibly most viable populations are found in Sumatra, which is why we are targeting our efforts here,” Senator Carr said.

Over the next three years the Australian Government will provide funds to the World Wildlife Fund which will in turn direct support to projects that will achieve the best results.

Funding will be directed to projects that:

• help to protect rhino habitat
• strengthen anti-poaching efforts
• monitor the trade of rhino horns
• promote controlled and sustainable logging, and
• run programs to raise awareness of the plight of the Sumatran Rhino.

Click to see the original post on Bob Carr’s WordPress 

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