Universiti Malaysia Sabah Invites Indonesian Rhino
Rangers to Speak to their First Conservation Club
UMS has invited visiting Rhino Rangers from Indonesia to talk to their first conservation club. The rangers have been in Sabah collaborating with SOS Rhino Borneo in surveying for the shy, elusive Borneo rhino. The rangers will share their experiences with the students in colloquium on the 10th July. SOSRB has been working with UMS since 2001 supporting 5 masters students through their studies in conservation. Ceremonies will follow to confirm MOU between the two organizations which will expand program to include undergraduates.
Pictured: Arief Rubianto, enforcement officer at Bukit Barisan National Park in Indonesia; Fiffy Saikin, SOS Rhino sponsored masters student at UMS; Dr. MS Thayarapan, SOS Rhino Field Program Officer.
UMS and SOSRB are combining their efforts to inspire incoming undergraduate students to enter the important field of conservation. SOSRB is helping the university to establish a club that will focus on raising awareness of the Sabah rhinoceros a highly endangered and unique to Borneo animal. The club will focus on the rhino as its “flagship species” using it to develop programs that demonstrate the various principals of conservation. This will be the first conservation club to be instituted by UMS.