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Sumatran Rhino
 
The Sumatran Rhino is one of the most endangered rhinos - mainly due to habitat loss and poaching. There may be as few as 300 of this sub-species left in the wild and out of the seven in captivity, only one has reproduced in the past century. Rhino Protection Units are the only way to protect the Sumatrans from poachers. Habitat loss through logging is also a great threat to the rhinos as this tends to isolate them, decreasing the opportunity to reproduce. Rhinos can recover. This was proven by the recovery of the South African White Rhinoceros from twenty to several thousand in number.

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Tenkile / Scott's Tree Kangaroo
The Tenkile is one of the most endangered mammal species in the wild with as few as 100individuals remaining in the wild. Tree Kangaroos are a common source of meat for local people in Papua New Guinea.

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance is working hard with local people in schools and communities to raise the profile of these animals, as Tree Kangaroos collectively are nearly all threatened or endangered in Papua New Guinea.
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Sumatran tiger - jambi project
 
A substantial number of the wild Sumatran Tiger population lives in unprotected areas containing altered habitats, such as palm oil plantations. The plantation attracts tigers because they can support high densities of wild pigs, a common prey species for Sumatran Tigers. there is, therefore, potential for plantation land to act as wildlife corridors between forested areas, if managed appropriately.

For co-existence between tigers and people are also favourable, as plantation workers tend to work in groups and live in centralised locations, with little subsistence farming or livestock.The Jambi Project is investigating the ranging patterns of Sumatran Tigers to help understand how a small population of tigers survives in a commercial landscape. The long term goal is to identify mechanisms which are  important to the persistence of
Sumatran Tigers in the wild and coexistence with humans. NZACT currently helps fund this project.
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ASIAN TURTLE CRISIS
80 - 90 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles, all of southern Asia's land tortoise and freshwater turtle fauna, are threatened with extinction. The driving force is the demand for food and traditional Chinese medicine products within China. Unless major, concerted global action is taken, the species will become extinct within the next 10 years, some of them much sooner. The magnitude of the problem first came to light in 1997, with a report on the turtle trade in southern Chinese food markets. It highlighted the completely unsustainable level of the trade - where once it was a matter of small scale take by farmers to feed their families, now it is a vast commercial trade involving tons of turtles and turtle shells crossing national borders each day.
Through the Australian branch of the TSA (Turtle Survival Alliance), colleagues in Hong Kong and Vietnam have developed a children's book and information poster that explains to local people that the harvesting and taking of these animals and taking of these animals from the wild is not a sustainable practice. If it continues, the animals will disappear forever. Over 15,000 of these books and posters were printed in English, Vietnamese, and Chinese. NZACT currently helps fund this project.
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Javan (Silvery) Gibbon Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre
Although not considered a great ape, the Silvery Gibbon has been identified as a priority primate species by the Primate TAG and will received support under the Great Ape Campaign. Wild silvery gibbon populations are not considered viable, despite this a large number of gibbons are illegally kept as pets. Through this project silvery gibbons being held illegally in captivity will contribute to a collaborative conservation effort for the species.
International Management Committee has already been formed of Indonesian and foreign experts, a suitable site already acquired and a Javan Gibbon Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre constructed. In addition to rescue and rehabilitation the centre will play a role to promote public awareness and education.

NZACT currently helps fund this project.
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Gorilla Conservation: Construction of a boundary wall to prevent crop raiding by wildlife.
There are only about 650 mountain gorillas left in the world, half of which live in the protected areas made up of Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, the Parc National des Virunga in Congo, and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Crop raiding by wildlife is one of the primary causes for the antagonism between the local communities living around the gorilla habitat, and the Parks.

The International Gorilla Conservation Program is working with the communities to ensure that their livelihood activities do not conflict with conservation objectives and that conservation can contribute to community welfare. A stone wall is being constructed along the length of the boundary of the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. This wall will prevent a range of animals from coming out of the park in areas where people cultivate crops,
which these animals find palatable. NZACT currently helps fund this project.
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Owston's Palm Civet
Owston's Palm Civet is listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. Populations of this Vietnamese carnivore are threatened by an illegal trade in body parts for traditional medicinal purposes, in addition, civet meat, particularly if caught in the wild, is thought to be an aphrodisiac in some regions.

The management of a captive population for insurance purposes is hampered by a lack of captive facilities and captive management expertise in Vietnam. The Owston's Palm Civet Conservation Program is a multi-faceted program aimed at the conservation of this species and raising awareness of other endangered small carnivores. The programs' focus is research, education, and training. A large emphasis is placed upon transferring skills to Vietnamese partners to ensure sustainability.
NZACT currently helps fund this project.
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Orangutan Rehabilitation Program: Lamandau Forest Reserve, Indonesia
Forest Reserve, Indonesia Orangutans face many threats including loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade. This project combines the conservation benefits of orangutan rehabilitation - namely habitat protection - with the welfare gains associated with increased rehabilitation and releases of ex-captive orangs.

program aims to secure, the Buluh Lamandau, the adjacent river system to Lamandau Forest Reserve, where illegal logging is still widespread. On the Buluh Lamandau, the intention is to run a serious of law enforcement patrols supported by police and forestry officials to evict the loggers. A guard post would  then be built at the river mouth, to prevent the loggers
from returning with another soft release camp for orangutans to be built upstream.  When the  Buluh Lamandau site becomes operational, up to 70 by the end of 2005. It is anticipated that Forestry Rangers will have to staff the guard  post for 2  years.

 NZACT currently helps fund this project.
Help Save the Orangutan!
 
Orangutans are endangered. Where once there used to be hundreds of thousands of these primates throughout China and Southeast Asia there are now less than 25,000. There are many factors contributing to the loss of these animals. Poaching, fires, mining and farming to name just a few of the risks that these animals face. With orangutans giving birth to only only one infant every seven years, and the chances of that infant surviving being around 16%, the orangutan population is facing extinction within the next ten years.



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