Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA)The Project
6 Years (2009-2015)
The Sumatran Rhinoceros is a critically endangered species, with approximately 200 animals existing in the wild, and around 30 of them may be found in Sabah. The Borneo Rhino Sanctuary Programme (BRS) provides a natural environment suitable for the rhinos, where they are protected from poachers and hunters as well as their well-being being monitored by qualified personnel. .
BRS is a programme of the Sabah State Government, located within the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which commenced in 2009. Its main aim is to prevent the extinction of the Sumatran rhinoceros, via various efforts to increase the number of rhino births. The 120,000 hectare Reserve is located in the Dent Peninsula on Sabah’s east coast, and is approximately 45 km by road from Lahad Datu town.
It is hoped that once brought into the BRS, the rhinos will be able to mate and breed, thus boosting the dangerously low numbers of the species and ensuring its survival. BRS is an initiative of the Borneo Rhinoceros Alliance (BORA) which involves the creation and maintenance of a fenced-off area within Tabin Wildlife Reserve. There is currently one male, and two female rhinos in the sanctuary.
Yayasan Sime Darby is providing a 6-year financial support amounting to RM11.4 million to ensure continuous improvements of the facilities and translocation equipment, and to strengthen the management of the sanctuary, including breeding activities.
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