The Sumatran Rhinoceros may be the most endangered large mammal on Earth. There are believed to be no more than 200 adults remaining in the wild.
Populations have declined primarily because of habitat loss and poaching, particularly for their horn, which is used in traditional Asian medicine or as a status symbol to illustrate wealth. Even though it is made from keratin, the same material as our hair, fingernails and toenails.
Celebrating Past Successes
Perth Zoo has supported the Asian Rhino Project with funds and in-kind contributions, leading to a multi-faceted approach to Sumatran Rhino conservation.
Asian Rhino Project aims to protect rhinos and other megafauna and their habitat through Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), research and captive breeding of the species at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. They also conduct outreach to local communities, including both education programs and alternative income development.
Poor breeding in the wild population and uncertainty over population numbers is hampering conservation efforts.
What Does My Donation Go Towards?
One hundred percent of your tax deductible donation will help protect wildlife as Perth Zoo covers all donation administration costs.
At Perth Zoo we have two Southern White Rhinos in our African Savannah, who are incredible ambassadors for their wild Asian cousins.
You can support Asian Rhino Project directly or learn more here about the projects Perth Zoo is currently funding.