Target: Ministry of Environment, Indonesia
Goal: Provide additional funding to protect the Sumatran Rhino from poachers
Recently one of the world’s last captive Sumatran Rhino passed away from the Cincinnati zoo. Suci was 10 years old and died due to a genetic disease. With less than 100 rhinos remaining in Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo, protections need to be raised to save these species. The nation of Indonesia needs to provide additional funding to protect these rhinos from illegal poaching.
The Sumatran Rhino is a critically endangered species, whose numbers have dwindled over the past couple decades due to habit loss and illegal poaching. Much like elephants and other rhinos, the Sumatran Rhinos have been hunted for their horns, which is used in Asian medicines. Illegal logging and urban developments have also caused the rhinos’ numbers to drop. The Sumatran Rhino is the smallest of all of the rhinos and is considered the most endangered in the rhino family.
Only one Sumatran Rhino has given birth in captivity in the last fifteen years, as the species is difficult to breed. In the wild, the largest population of these rhinos are found in Sumatra, with scattered numbers in Malaysia and Indonesia; there have been sightings of rhinos near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. The Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia houses the single most largest population of Sumatran Rhinos, but despite being a national park, forests are being turned into coffee and rice plantations by illegal settlers. There is also the danger of poachers, as the roads being built into the park allow hunters easy access.
You can aid the plight of the rhinos by signing this petition and urge the Ministry of Environment to provide additional funding to stop poachers from killing this critically endangered species. With so few left in the wild, it is crucial that aid be given to these struggling creatures.
Dear Ministry of Environment,
I am writing about the struggle of the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino. It’s believed that only a hundred of these creatures live in the wild, and only one captive rhino has been bred in the past fifteen years. These facts are unsettling, as the Sumatran Rhino is the most endangered out of the rhino family.
These creatures deserve immediate protection and I am writing to demand additional funding be set aside for them. The rhinos need to be protected from poachers who are hunting them for their horns. Please ensure that these creatures do not become extinct, as so many of our animals have become thanks to human activity.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: International Rhino Foundation via Wikimedia