New Genetic Study Yields Positive News for Sumatran Rhinos

Suzi Eszterhas

A recent genome study of Sumatran rhinos provided some positive news about their potential to recover. The study found that the two remaining wild populations of Sumatran rhinos in Borneo and Sumatra both feature good genetic health and very low levels of inbreeding, which was unexpected given the low number of individuals in each population.

Suzi Eszterhas

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos remaining in the wild, their healthy genetics point to a good chance that they can recover if human pressures such as habitat loss and wildlife crime no longer threaten them.

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