David Attenborough, Sumatran Rhino, London Zoo and Timber Trade Deals…

Indonesia commits to rhinoceros conservation programs

Indonesia, along with Nepal, Malaysia, Bhutan and India, have passed a joint resolution about the Asian Rhino conservation and launching breeding programs for rhinoceros in Sumatra and Java in order to prevent critically rare, one-horned rhinos including Sumatran Rhinos, Indian Rhinos, and Javan Rhinos from extinction. Among these, the Javan Rhinos are the most rare and endangered as there are even less than 50 remaining on the planet. The meeting also finalized the creation of a rhino sperm bank in Asia so as to facilitate the research on expanding the population of rhinos.

Christy Williams, the Asian Rhino and Elephant program manager at WWF, said that there are many proven examples showing bounce backs of rhino populations from the extreme extinction. Read full story at:


London Zoo announces birth of Sumatran tiger cub, critically endangered species

A Sumatran tiger cub was born in London and the hidden cameras have fully captured the birth. This cub is the first one of its kind in the London Zoo in 17 years. The newborn cub’s mother is Melati, a five years old tigress. Also, it is the grandchild of Hari, the zoo’s last tiger cub, the father of Melati.

The sex and name of the Sumatran tiger cub are not known yet, and the zoo authorities have decided not to disclose the new arrival for a few weeks. The cub was born in the zoo’s “Tiger Territory”, which was made to promote breeding of critically endangered species, about six months ago. Read more at:


David Attenborough supports effort to save orangutan from extinction

Sir David Attenborough, along with Bill Oddie and Chris Packham, is supporting an effort of saving the orangutans from extinction. They have raised up to £1m in only two weeks. By designing a orangutans conservation project, Conservationists have created a new hope for the survival of orangutans on a long term basis. The group hopes to raise an amount of money sufficient to purchase and protect secondary forests in which different species of animals could live and link up.

Advertising executives have added a boost in the campaign by designing and running free advertisements. Isabelle Lackman, who is the leader of the project, has affirmed that if things don’t improve; orangutans would disappear probably in a couple of hundred years. Read more at:


Cameras capture Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo

In Borneo Island, some sixteen hidden cameras have showed the existence of endangered Sumatran Rhino, which was thought to be died out long ago. The rhino was roaming in the forest and playing in mud in the Indonesian part of the island. It is now debated that whether it was the same rhino captured by different cameras on different days or there are multiple rhinos present on the island. IUCN sources revealed that there are less than 275 Sumatran rhinos remaining in the world.

Borneo Island once used to be filled with Sumatran rhinos but their number dramatically decreased and they became extinct. One main reason for this dramatic extinction may be poaching, as rhino’s horns and few other body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine. See details at:


Indonesia, EU sign landmark timber trade agreement

Indonesia signed a trademark deal with European Union aimed at restricting illegal logging. This is the first ever deal of this kind in Asia. VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) has been designed to assist EU in identifying unlicensed products from Indonesia so that they can ban them.

The basic aim behind the deal is promoting legal timber trade which will gradually decrease poverty, create more job opportunities for masses, and will facilitate economic growth besides the environment protection. The implementation of this agreement will also contribute to environmental sustainability, transparency and will lessen corruption. However, Greenpeace, an Indonesian advocacy group named this agreement as merely a stepping stone, which is not enough to conserve environment.

The agreement came into existence after a long negotiation with active participation of NGOs. Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), London, termed this agreement as a test for Indonesia’s power to fight corruption in the sector of forestry. See full details at:

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