Sunday, September 17, 2006

NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS - Lawrence Anthony interview

The Guardian Unlimited has a recent article on Lawrence Anthony, founder of the South African environmental group the Earth Organisation, who persuaded the Lord's Resistance Army to help scientists protect the last few Northern White Rhinos.
If the estimated four animals can be kept alive (only two have been seen from the air, though scientists say the park may hold twice as many), conservationists hope to breed them with a handful of rhinos in zoos in San Diego and Prague.

"They have a gestation period of 18 months, breed once every three years and have one baby, so this is long-haul stuff," Mr Anthony said. "But if it's accorded the proper importance then it can be done. We've broken new ground with this and I think we have to focus on the positive aspects."

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