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Indonesia | Covid-19 halts plans for Sumatran rhino sanctuary inside protected Leuser Ecosystem

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A much-anticipated plan to establish a new rhino-breeding sanctuary in northern Sumatra is one of many that has been put on hold in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The proposed facility is a top priority for Indonesia’s conservation plan to rescue the world’s last remaining Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) through a network of captive-breeding facilities. One already exists in southern Sumatra, inside Way Kambas National Park, and authorities planned another for a forest area in the Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh province, in the island’s north, expected to be completed by 2021.


https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/sumatran-rhino-sanctuary-leuser-ecosystem-indonesia-aceh-covid19/

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