Baby Rhino Tracks in Malaysia Raise Hopes
"This finding suggests a healthy growing population of rhinos in the wild," it said. "It brings hope and re-ignites efforts to bring this shy, elusive creature back from the threat of immediate extinction."
- SOS Rhino, a Chicago-based wildlife foundation
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Rangers sighted tracks of a baby Sumatran rhino in the heart of Borneo's jungles, raising hopes for the survival of a species pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and habitat destruction, conservationists said.
Hopes for the Borneo subspecies were boosted after Malaysian government wildlife officials and World Wildlife Fund experts found evidence of at least 13 of them in May last year. Rhino protection units have since launched patrols to deter poaching.