The Sumatran rhinoceros population has been nearly erased as a result of poaching and habitat loss, and today there are fewer than 80 left in the world. Hanging on to existence in ten fragmented sub-populations across two islands and separated by mountainous terrain, Sumatran rhinos struggle to find mates in the wild to breed their next generation.

The species now faces a crisis point. Over the past two decades the Sumatran rhino population has collapsed with numbers dropping an estimated 70 percent.

The Sumatran Rhino Rescue Alliance is a ground-breaking approach to conservation that brings together the government of Indonesia, leading international conservation organisations, local experts and conservation practitioners, and supporters from around the world to save this species from extinction.



Photo credit: International Rhino Foundation

This emergency action plans to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhino by developing and implementing a conservation breeding program. The rescue effort will relocate rhinos and build facilities for their care and breeding, in order to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

Auckland Zoo has joined the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance as a Strategic Partner, committing funding for five years.

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