The Critically Endangered Sumatran rhino population consists of fewer than 100 individuals. Photo © Bill Konstant / International Rhino Foundation

The Sumatran rhino crisis is worse than previously thought. The IUCN has released an updated population estimate of “less than 100 individuals”, essentially halving earlier estimates of 180.

This devastating news was announced at the Sumatran Rhino Summit convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), held from March 31st — April 4th, 2013, in Singapore. Fortunately, there is still hope for the Sumatran rhino: According to the IUCN a “ground-breaking agreement to save the  Critically Endangered species was reached between representatives of the Indonesian and Malaysian governments” — marking the first time they have joined together to address the dire situation facing this Critically Endangered species.

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