Publication update 4: What will it take to save the Sumatran Rhino?

Now Or Never
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We’re sure many of you know that one of the world’s most magnificent and docile creatures, the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), is in deep trouble.

But just how bad is it? From a population of around 320 estimated in 1995, experts now say it could be down to as low as 216 individuals.

One of Rimba’s researchers, Reuben, was involved in a review published recently in the international journal Oryx. This paper was led by Ahmad Zafir Abdul Wahab (currently doing his PhD based at Universiti Sains Malaysia; ahmad.zafir@gmail.com) to find out what needs to be done to save this species from extinction. The consensus is that: Continue reading

Publication update 2: Megafauna and their megagardening work!

More publications for your reading pleasure! Here are two new articles by one of Rimba’s researchers, Ahimsa, on the importance of Asian megafauna. The first paper, ‘Megagardeners of the forest’, is being published in the journal Acta Oecologica, and reviews the important role that elephants play as ecosystem engineers shaping plant communities. The second one, ‘Big animals in a shrinking world’, was published in the Singaporean magazine Innovation, and also looks at the situation of other large herbivores. Ahimsa’s work is very important for our part of the world, because these big beasts of tropical Asia have a huge influence on the structure and composition of our precious dipterocarp forests, yet we still don’t understand the complete picture – and we’re losing our forests fast! Click on the images to read up more on Asia’s important megafauna: