New conservation standard offers hope of rebound for species under threat

Fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos are left in the world.
Fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos are left in the world.PHOTO: BARNEY LONG

SINGAPORE - Fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos are left in the world, making it likely that the smallest and most threatened of all rhinoceros species will go extinct in our lifetime.

Conservation efforts so far have not been able to turn the tide amid growing demand for rhino horn in parts of Asia such as China and Vietnam.

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