To rescue Sumatran rhinos, Indonesia starts by counting them first

first_imgIn February, authorities in Indonesia held an exercise for Sumatran rhino researchers to track and tally the remaining wild population of the species.The government aims to finalize an official count of the critically endangered rhino within three years, according to the environment ministry.Natural breeding for the rhinos has been particularly difficult as the remaining individuals live in fragmented lowland forests away from each other. On top of that, rhinos are slow breeders and the females have a short fertility period.Estimates of the current size of the wild Sumatran rhino population range from 30 to 100 individuals. Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia. LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Indonesian rhino researcher Budiono recorded every sign of living animals in Sumatra’s Way Kambas National Park: from mud pits and footprints, to scratches on tree trunks and half-eaten leaves on the ground. Each of these might point to an elusive creature: the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis).“We want definitive clues that point us to where the Sumatran rhinos are,” said Budiono, a member of the Rhino Protection Unit with the Indonesian Rhino Foundation (YABI).Budiono was one of 34 people taking part in the painstaking search for signs of the critically endangered animals in known rhino habitats within this park, one of the species’ last strongholds. The five-day program took place in February, a collaboration between the park agency, Indonesia’s environment ministry, YABI, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The exercise was part of a bid to obtain more comprehensive information on the size of the rhino population on Sumatra, home to the majority of the surviving members of this nearly extinct species, said Indra Eksploitasia, the environment ministry’s director of biodiversity conservation.Harapan, a male rhino born in the U.S., is cared for at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park. Image by Muhammad Adimaja.Indonesia is the last place on Earth where wild Sumatran rhinos still roam. In addition to those on the eponymous island, a small population is believed to survive in Indonesian Borneo. Estimates of the current size of the wild rhino population range from 30 to 100 individuals. (Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia.)Historically, these last remnants of Dicerorhinus, the most primitive rhino genus, have been threatened by habitat loss, climate-induced habitat fragmentation, and poaching. Today, with the remaining wild rhinos fragmented into small, isolated populations, researchers fear more of the animals are dying of natural causes than are being born.“How many of them exactly are in the wild now, we still don’t know for sure,” Indra said. “We hear it’s declining, but by how much? That’s one of the things we’re working on to have the actual data.”The rhino monitoring exercise in Way Kambas, in the province of Lampung, was also designed to prepare participants to conduct independent censuses in other rhino habitats, such as in northern Sumatra’s Aceh province and Borneo’s East Kalimantan province.“This is part of the government’s efforts to rescue the Sumatran rhinos,” Indra said.The government aims to finalize an official wild rhino count within three years, according to the environment ministry. To allow the rhinos to properly breed, the government estimates that every subpopulation must hold at least 15 individuals. Populations that are too small to breed will be relocated and combined into larger groups.“The focus right now is to rescue the rhinos,” Indra said.A Sumatran rhino with her calf in Way Kambas, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Slow breedersNatural breeding for the rhinos has been particularly difficult as the remaining individuals live in fragmented lowland forests away from each other. On top of that, rhinos are slow breeders, and the females have a short fertility period.“In some subpopulations, encounters between rhinos are so rare that it’s so difficult for them to mate,” said Widodo Ramono, the executive director of YABI.At the Way Kambas sanctuary, a female rhino known affectionately as Bina has reached an age where her eggs are no longer viable to be collected for in vitro fertilization, Widodo said. Another female, called Rosa, has mated at least four times, without a successful pregnancy. According to Widodo, Rosa did conceive after mating with Andalas, one of the two male rhinos at the sanctuary, but the pregnancy lasted only a month and caused her to suffer from a uterine tumor.“The government must take urgent action for the rhinos,” Widodo said. “Otherwise the wild rhinos will slowly die, and the females will get tumors.”But it isn’t all gloom and doom for the Sumatran rhinos in Way Kambas National Park, said Subakir, the head of the park agency. He said his team recently found what they believe to be the footprints of a female rhino and her calf — signs that at least some of the park’s rhinos are successfully breeding.“[The discovery] was about three months ago when our team was patrolling,” Subakir said.For the park, that’s enough reason to beef up protection from the dangers of poaching, encroachment and deforestation, he said.“I hope that Way Kambas can be the poster child for good conservation in Lampung,” Subakir said.Read Mongabay’s history of the Sumatran rhino breeding program, from 1984 to the present, here.Banner image is of a female rhino in Way Kambas National Park courtesy of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary.This article was first published on our Indonesian site on Feb. 27, 2019. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Ex-situ Conservation, Extinction, Mammals, Megafauna, Poaching, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Sumatran Rhino, Wildlife Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

Nearly 2,300 without power after first major snowfall of the season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Nearly 2,300 customers in in the B.C. Peace Region are waking up in the dark this morning after a low pressure system dumped over 20 centimetres of snow onto the B.C. Peace Region.According to BC Hydro’s website, as of 4:45 this morning there are 38 separate power outages in the areas of Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Moberly Lake, and Chetwynd. The largest outage is in the Groundbirch area of the South Peace, where 986 customers are without power. The cause of that outage is under investigation, and as of 4:50 a.m., BC Hydro crews have not been assigned to the outage. The next-largest outage is in the Charlie Lake area, where 327 customers are in the dark after a tree came down across power lines. For a full list of outages, visit BC Hydro’s website: snow is continuing to fall this morning, adding to the 23 centimetres of snow that was recorded at the North Peace Airport weather station until midnight this morning. Fort St. John has unofficially broken the October 24th records for the greatest snowfall and the most snow on the ground, records dating back to 2012 and 1984 respectively. In 2012, there was 22 centimetres of the while stuff on the ground, while in 1984 the airport weather station recorded 8.4 centimetres of the white stuff.- Advertisement – The forecast system map for B.C. as of 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. Photo by Avalanche Canada The forecast system map for B.C. as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Photo by Avalanche Canadacenter_img A snowfall warning remains in effect for nearly all of northeast B.C.Weather warnings in effect in Northeast B.C. this morning. Photo by Environment CanadaThis is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.Advertisementlast_img read more

More than 125 firefighters subdue blaze

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Firefighters sat atop ladders, aiming hoses at the blaze, on four sides of the building, while others used hand lines to fight the flames on the ground. It took 76 minutes to extinguish. Hugo Ibarra, who works nearby, smelled the smoke first, then he saw the flames. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and headed over to the burning building. “We were going to go to the building and put it out,” said Ibarra, 34, from Reseda. “But the flames were already too much.” When firefighters arrived about five minutes after the blaze started, the building was already fully enflamed, Garcia said. Firefighters initially tried an internal attack on the fire, putting four fire companies inside the building and two companies on the roof. But flammable materials used for the cabinetry business such as lacquer posed a safety problem, and firefighters switched to a defensive mode, fighting the fire from outside, Garcia said. Gusty, 25 mph winds also made it difficult to fight the fire, he said. The thick smoke was visible from as far away as Woodland Hills and Chatsworth. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – More than 125 firefighters were called to put out a raging fire at a cabinet manufacturer, which forced the evacuation of 50 people and threatened other buildings but caused no injuries, authorities said. The blaze on the 19400 block of Londelius Street burned through the Ideal 2000 Custom Cabinets building, sending a dark plume of smoke more than 100 feet into the air. “We had two buildings (on both sides) that were ready to burn,” said Rick Garcia, assistant chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “We had firefighters positioned right in between them, making sure it didn’t spread.” The fire, believed to have been started by electrical equipment that overheated, caused $500,000 damage to the structure and destroyed $500,000 worth of contents, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. last_img read more

Championship results: Huddersfield beat promotion rivals Reading PLUS MORE

first_img1 Huddersfield Town 1-0 ReadingPhilip Billing secured a sixth successive Championship win for Huddersfield, 1-0 against promotion rivals Reading at the John Smith’s Stadium.Midfielder Billing fired home the only goal eight minutes from time just when it seemed Reading had done enough to claim a point.Rajiv van La Parra missed a first-half penalty, Town’s first spot-kick in the league this season.That looked like proving costly until Billing pounced for his second goal of the campaign to split two closely-matched teams.Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 BrentfordSheffield Wednesday missed out on the chance to cement their Sky Bet Championship play-off position as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Brentford.A fifth win in a row for the Owls would have sent them up to fourth and 10 points clear of seventh-placed Norwich, but they were undone by first-half headers from John Egan and Harlee Dean at Hillsborough.It was a first home loss in eight, going back to November, despite a late curler from Fernando Forestieri, but they are still in a strong position in the top-six race going into a vital Yorkshire derby with Leeds on Saturday.For Brentford it was an impressive three points, built on a slick first-half display, and just their second win in seven games.Derby County 0-0 Burton AlbionNigel Clough marked his return to the club that sacked him in September 2013 by delivering another blow to Derby’s play-off hopes as Burton boosted their survival chances with a 0-0 draw at Pride Park.Clough’s team spent most of a disappointing game in their own half but Derby lacked the craft and confidence to break them down and created few chances.Darren Bent, who had scored four goals in the previous two games, missed the best chance in the first half and Derby created little in the second as Steve McClaren’s team failed to win for the third consecutive home game.Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Wigan AthleticConor Washington inspired QPR to a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Wigan at Loftus Road.Washington set up an early opener for Matt Smith and restored Rangers’ lead with a thumping strike after Omar Bogle had equalised from the penalty spot.The victory was QPR’s second in three days and pulled them further clear of the bottom three.And Washington continues to impress under boss Ian Holloway, having netted just twice in 31 appearances under previous Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.Struggling Wigan, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone and have now failed to win in 16 visits to London. David Wagner celebrates Huddersfield’s win last_img read more

Volunteers pick up trash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE — More than 400 Lockheed Martin employees, their families and friends, civic group members and students weeded, trimmed trees and picked up trash at four Palmdale elementary schools. Saturday’s work at Cactus, Tamarisk, Yucca and Manzanita schools was part of the company’s annual Make a Difference Day effort. This was Lockheed Martin employees’ fifth year helping at Palmdale schools.last_img read more

Sheriff patrols more equal

first_imgConflicts between the Board of Supervisors and the sheriff have diminished recently over the issue, in part because the county has had more money to give the sheriff for hiring deputies, sheriff’s officials said. Now, the board and the sheriff are working on a memorandum of understanding that would set how many deputies would be assigned to unincorporated areas, potentially leading to an increase in staffing for unincorporated areas. “We put the money in the budget and we are aggressively recruiting,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “In fact, the Sheriff’s Department is doing a better job of recruiting than the Los Angeles Police Department. The Board of Supervisors gave the Sheriff’s Department funding to hire 100 community-oriented policing deputies, and, so far, the department has hired 60 of those deputies. As the department continues to hire deputies from a tight pool of qualified candidates, vacancy levels will decrease at all stations, officials said. In early November, the department will get a new crop of recruits. That will bring the vacancy rate among deputies down to about 13 percent at the Santa Clarita station – 21 vacancies out of a deputy force of 159, according to sheriff’s officials.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! County supervisors have needled the Sheriff’s Department for years, arguing unincorporated areas of the county were getting patrolled less often than cities that paid for law enforcement. But members of the Board of Supervisors said they were pleased Tuesday, as they went over a report from Sheriff Lee Baca showing progress in making sure deputy vacancies in unincorporated areas of the county were comparable to vacancies in cities the department polices under contracts. “For the most part, we have been absolutely pleased with the work that you’ve all done as part of the sheriff’s team in trying to bring equity” to patrol assignments, said Supervisor Gloria Molina, after hearing a presentation from sheriff’s officials. “And you’ve just said the golden words, and that is we want to keep the unincorporated areas just like we treat the … city contracts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “And that’s all we’ve ever wanted, is we wanted a fair share and equity across the board.” At the Santa Clarita station, the report indicates that for August, which is the most recent snapshot available, the vacancy rate was completely equal – about 27 percent – between the city and the unincorporated areas the station covers. The station had 19 vacancies out of a force of 70 to cover the city of Santa Clarita. For the group that covers the Castaic, Val Verde, Stevenson Ranch and Gorman areas, there were five vacancies out of a force of 17. Saugus and Canyon Country each get five deputies, and they each had one vacancy. The balancing of vacancy rates between “contract cities” and unincorporated areas came in May after Baca in May issued a directive calling for an end to unequal distribution of deputy vacancies. “In the past we have had the situation, where because the cities were specially contracting, we felt obligated to make sure that their vacant positions were filled before we filled the county ones,” said Neal Tyler, chief of field operations for north Los Angeles County. last_img read more

High-flying doctor brothers make Hall of Fame

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Surprised at being chosen for the honor, Eugene Odou said it was the high school that should be celebrated since it was a “stepping stone to medical school.” “A lot of my classmates were the real heroes in \, but they never came back,” Eugene said. “I guess we just outlived them all.” The Odous would have made Doctors Without Borders proud years before the international organization existed. Both brothers became pilots through their military service and co-owned a small Cessna 414 airplane, which they often used to transport medical help and supplies back and forth to countries throughout Latin America. After the 1976 Guatemalan earthquake that killed more than 22,000 people, the Odous talked to their local pharmaceutical companies about contributing medicines, while they collected emergency supplies and blankets from volunteers. Bruce flew the supplies to Guatemala two weeks after the earthquake, staying on for a week to help the local medical teams. During their flying years, the brothers ran a medical clinic in Mulege in Baja California Sur, Mexico. “We flew down there with a nurse and supplies to take care of people once or twice a month, between the two of us,” Bruce said. “It was quite an errand for us, but it brought a lot of satisfaction.” Current Mayor Bob Bagwell, president of the Montebello High School Alumni Association, said the Odous were chosen for their “unparalleled” contribution to the city. “They’re the type of role models we want to project to our students who are attending Montebello High now,” Bagwell said. “They can see two men who worked hard, studied, became successful and gave back to the community.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Two long-serving Montebello doctor brothers gave community service new meaning over the course of their multi-decade careers, earning them the distinction of being the newest inductees into the Montebello High School Hall of Fame. Dr. Eugene Odou, who graduated in 1942, and Dr. Bruce Odou, who graduated in 1945, shared a family practice next to Beverly Hospital for more than 45 years. In a barbecue celebration set for today at the high school, the two doctors will be added to an illustrious list of Montebello High hall-of-famers that includes actor Edward James Olmos, Nobel Prize winner for medicine Dr. Bruce Merrifield, and world tennis champion Jack Kramer, among others. “This is one of the most outstanding honors of my life, I think,” said Bruce Odou, 78, a former city councilman and mayor of Montebello. “I don’t know how to put it into words. I’m very honored, particularly considering some of the previous recipients.” last_img read more

Man United target Barca star, Liverpool’s striker boost, Dybala staying at Juve rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online… 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to sign a new one-year contract. The 32-year-old Belgian, whose new deal will reduce his wages, will have a testimonial in August. (Daily Mail)Lionel Messi WILL renew his contract at Barcelona, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The Argentine wizard’s current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2021. (Marca)Manchester United have joined Chelsea in chasing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, with the Red Devils reportedly sending a formal enquiry about the 30-year-old Croatian, who is rated at around £57million. (Sport)It is claimed the Red Devils will have four key transfer targets in the summer transfer windows – Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez, Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic and Juventus winger Douglas Costa. (Daily Mirror) moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Liverpool target Timo Werner has scored 14 goals for club and country this season Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP ON talkSPORT.COM Man United reportedly want to bring Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford in the summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Rivals Man City and Man United will go head-to-head to sign 22-year-old Lyonmidfielder Tanguy Ndombele in the summer. (The Sun)Wolves are set to make striker Raul Jimenez’s loan move from Benfica permanent in the summer in a £30m deal. (Daily Mirror)Birmingham boss Garry Monk says striker Che Adams, 22, is unfazed by interest from Southampton. (Daily Mirror) IN DEMAND LATEST 3 The Red Devils will also make a summer move for 19-year-old Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix – FULL STORYLiverpool players Naby Keita and Sadio Mane have told Germany striker Timo Wernerto move to Anfield if he leaves RB Leipzig this summer – FULL STORYJuventus have ruled out selling Argentina forward Paulo Dybala this summer in a huge blow to Chelsea and Man United. (The Sun)Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, 30, could leave to join former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus this summer. (Daily Mail)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he tried to sign Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho while the 18-year-old was at Manchester City – FULL STORY Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 targets last_img read more


first_imgDespite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancy and births in the United States and a 34.1% decline in the teen pregnancy rate in Jackson County, the US teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries.In order to focus attention on all the progress that has been made and spotlight how much work is yet to be done, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) joins other organizations across the country in participating in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.  Throughout the month of May, JCDPH encourages teens to prevent pregnancy by practicing abstinence or participating in safer sex.  To learn about safer sex, JCDPH offers family planning services, emergency contraception, STD testing, and HIV testing in a teen-friendly, safe, and confidential environment.  Services are available for no cost or on a sliding scale fee.  Parental permission is not required.While May is a critical time to consider teen pregnancy and how it impacts individuals and the community as a whole, it is important to note that this issue is one to focus on year-round.  Call the Health Department at 828-587-8289 to learn more or to make an appointment today.  Visit our website at read more