KOTA KINABALU – The Federal Government has allocated a grant of RM100,000 to show their support for the conservation of the Sumatran Rhino.
With this contribution it showed that Malaysia as a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is committed in combating wildlife trafficking.
The government understands that there is a crucial need to eradicate illegal trade of endangered species as this act has caused a dire impact towards declining numbers of the world’s species and biodiversity.
The grant was presented by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri G.Palanivel during the ASEAN Reginal Forum (ARF) Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking luncheon at the Coast Restaurant Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Tuaran, here today.
The Sumatran Rhinoceros is among the species adversely affected. Their horns have been traded from equatorial Asia to China for at least 2,000 years is now critically endangered with extinction.
Malaysia in its attempt to prevent the Sumatran Rhinoceros from extinction through application of advance reproductive technology. In 2014, preliminary efforts were made in Europe with Sumatran Rhino eggs and sperm from Sabah.
The initiative was taken by the Sabah government under Sabah Wildlife Department that has engaged with specialists from the Leibniz Institute Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany and Avantea laboratories in Italy to make what was called the last-ditch attempt to create a Sumatran Rhino embryo in the laboratory.
The programme was supported by Sime Darby Foundation and NGO Borneo Rhino Alliance. Some wildlife researchers estimate that there are less than 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the world and current populations are largely confined to Indonesia, with very few wild rhinos possibly remaining in Sabah. – SayangSabah