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Countdown to extinction, Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni (Groves, 1965)

Bowden, MD 2006 , 'Countdown to extinction, Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni (Groves, 1965)', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Bornean subspecies of the Sumatran rhino is at imminent risk of extinction. During the
last quarter century, concerted efforts have been made to counteract that risk. Despite early
efforts that focussed on ex situ conservation, the situation did not improve and consequently
the international Asian rhino conservation strategy changed its focus in the mid 1990s to in
situ conservation. This strategy appears to have stabilised the situation for the present. This
thesis examines the reasons for lack of progress in Bornean rhino population recovery. It
argues that the current population stasis is unsatisfactory, and that a far more
comprehensive analysis of the situation is required, one that accounts for, in broad terms, the
human dimension to conservation in a regional context where human population density
and growth, modification of moist tropical forest habitat, poverty, demand for animal parts
used in folk medicines—and future challenges such as global climate change—conspire to
perpetuate pressures conducive to the subspecies' extinction. The thesis concludes by
identifying the need for a more detailed and comprehensive conservation planning
process—open to peer review, and which identifies options for inclusion of human
development issues—to be included in any future revision of the current 1997 Action Plan
for Asian Rhinos, published by the IUCN's Asian Rhino Action Group.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Bowden, MD
Keywords: Sumatran rhinoceros
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Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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