A Four-Part Article on the History of Sumatran Rhino Conservation

Mongabay has finished publishing their latest series of articles on Asian rhinos. This is an excellent and accessible series and offers insights into the challenges, successes, and failures of captive-breeding programs in general and the specific challenges faced by an international captive breeding program for the Sumatran rhino beginning in 1984.


Part One: 1984: the meeting that changed everything for Sumatran rhinos – The untold story of two days in Singapore that launched a wildly ambitious, and calamitous, captive breeding program.

Part Two: A Herd of Dead Rhinos – Capturing Sumatran rhinos was one thing. Keeping them alive turned out to be another thing entirely.

Part Three: The Great Rhino U-turn – After 17 years, researchers finally unlock the mysteries of Sumatran rhino reproduction.

Part Four: The Rhino Reckoning – The Sumatran rhino captive breeding plan is poised for a re-evaluation — and a relaunch.