Reforestation Effort Launched With Nearly-Extinct Rhinos in Mind

Photo by Jeremy Hance

The Rhino and Forest Fund has partnered with the Forestry Department of Sabah in northern Borneo to launch a long-term reforestation project to aid Malaysia’s threatened species with particular emphasis on the Bornean rhino, one of the world’s most endangered big mammals. The reforestation project will be occurring in, and adjacent to, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve which is surrounded on all sides by oil palm plantations.

After decades of extensive forest loss and poaching, the Bornean rhino is down to 50 animals at best.

Whilst the Bornean rhino has become the focal species of the reforestation project, it is hoped the project will serve a number of threatened species in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, including orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants and the clouded leopard.

The island of Borneo has lost approximately half of its forest cover in the past 50 years to oil palm plantations, pulp and paper, logging and fires.

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