Helping Hand - February 23, 2018 complete interview with BORA Borneo Rhino Alliance
Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals. Last week was elephants, and this week: rhinos, and in particular, one of the rarest living creatures on earth, the Sumatran rhinoceros. Decimated by both weather and human-driven habitat loss, as well as over 1500 years of Chinese rhino horn consumption that has put rhinos around the world at risk of extinction, there are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity and a few dozen hoped to exist in the wild. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Dr. John Payne, Executive Director of BORA, the Borneo Rhino Alliance, caring for Malaysia’s pair of Sumatran rhinos at their facility in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, and hoping to conduct captive breeding with the help of Indonesia, where the other seven live and only wild population is thought to survive. Hear about his mission and how you can help save one of Earth’s most vulnerable residents.
Helping Hand airs Fridays on All Things Considered and then is archived online here. Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization, topic or event that supports those with disabilities and the most vulnerable.
Audio of Iman the Sumatran rhino vocalizing earlier this year. The Sumatran rhinos are the most vocal rhino species, with a variety of endearing squeaks and sounds they produce. Here she is enthusiastically being fed and reacting positively.
Learn more about BORA Borneo Rhino Alliance and these very special rhinos:
Watch a short documentary focused on Tam, their male rhino:
Watch a video report on the project from Malaysia: