Endangered Sumatran Rhino 20 single seeks mate to save the species needs a dating service

This lonely 20 year old Sumatran Rhino named has not found a lady friend in 20 years, but WWF and Malaysian government are encouraging this old boy to take another chance at love, because the survival of his species may depend on whether Tam can find a serious relationship soon.wwfimgfullitem1692

This male rhinoceros recently rescued on the edge of Borneo’s rain forest is expected to become the first participant of a Malaysian breeding program for his critically endangered ilk. Tam, whose species is known for its solitary nature, has been resettled to a wildlife reserve in Malaysia’s Sabah state, the last preserve of the Borneo Sumatran rhino  a subspecies of the bristly, snub-nosed Sumatran rhino.

The Sumatran, or hairy, rhino is the smallest of the living rhinoceroses and the only Asian rhino species with two horns. It has wrinkles around its eyes. The front horn is usually under 10 inches long, while the posterior horn is usually quite small and often no more than a hump.

Calves are born with a dense covering of hair which turns reddish brown in young adults and becomes sparse, bristly and almost black in older animals. The body length ranges from 6 – 9 feet and usually about 3 feet in height. Body weight has been estimated at 0.5 – 1 ton.

Logging, plantations, development and rhino horn poachers have caused the rapid demise of the Borneo Sumatran rhinos in recent decades as their habitat has been lost.

Hope for these rhinos
The rhinos in Sabah’s 300,000-acre (120,000-hectare) reserve will probably be able to find each other through their scent and mate without human interference, Payne said. “If they are not stressed out by people, the chances of success should be better,” he said.
Authorities hope to bring at least five male and female rhinos into Sabah’s reserve over the next few years so that they can mate and produce offspring, said Junaidi Payne, the senior technical adviser for the World Wildlife Fund’s Malaysian Borneo chapter. Hope for the subspecies was boosted after Malaysian government officials and WWF experts found new evidence of them in the wild in May 2005.

Rhino protection units have since launched patrols to deter poaching of this critically endangered mammal.

“Their numbers are so low that they might drift into extinction if no one does anything,” Payne told The Associated Press.

Experts estimate there are range from between 10 to 30 individual rhinos, many of them isolated from others in their species left.

Conservationists have warned the rhinos could face extinction in the next 10 years unless we help save them.
Single male rhino, 20, seeks mate to save species –  SEAN YOONG, A P  Dec 24, 2008.
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