SOS RHINO PARTICIPATES IN THE UK RHINO GROUP'S "RHINO MAYDAY"
SOS RHINO participated in the UK Rhino Group's Rhino MayDay Symposium
held in London on May 23, 2002. Cindy Salopek, Projects Associate,
gave a presentation to the group on the plight of the Sumatran rhino
and SOS Rhino's efforts to save this critically endangered species.
The UK Rhino Group is made up of about 30 UK-based conservation
organizations, all working together to save rhinos from extinction.
The Group's aims and objectives range from increased public awareness
and education about the decline of rhino populations to supporting
the enforcement of international legislation relating to trade in
rhinos and their products.
Researchers, staff, and students from Zoological Society of London,
Rhinowatch, SOS RHINO, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sebakwe
Black Rhino Trust, and UNEP were among the speakers. The presentations
focused on a wide-range of rhinoceros research and conservation
projects of the black, white, and Sumatran rhino. Two discussion
and comment sessions were held with panels consisting of three speakers
and the Chair.
One of the action points resulting from the symposium is for the
UK Rhino Group to make a collective statement and offer collective
action to assist in the conservation of the Bornean sub-species
of the Sumatran rhino. SOS Rhino's research and conservation projects
focus on this species.
A list of speakers and their abstracts will soon be posted on the
UK Rhino Group's web site at www.rhinogroup.org.uk
For more information on SOS RHINO Borneo and efforts to save the
critically endangered Sumatran rhino, click on www.sosrhino.org