Partnerships are essential for conserving wildlife. In many cases, CREW’s conservation and research efforts are spearheaded by CREW staff who work closely with many other organizations to achieve project goals. In other cases, CREW helps by supporting programs led by world renowned conservation organizations. In either case, CREW forms critical partnerships with other scientists, conservationists and governmental and non-governmental organizations to help save the endangered plants, animals and ecosystems of the world.
International Rhino Foundation (IRF)
The IRF is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species throughconservation and research. CREW scientist, Dr. Terri Roth, serves as the Vice President for Asia Programs on the Board of the IRF. Through the IRF, CREW supports the protection of wild Sumatran rhinos on the island of Sumatra and the expansion of the Indian rhino population via translocation to additional wildlife parks in Assam, India.
Borneo Rhino Alliance
Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) is a local NGO based in Sabah, Malaysia. BORA provides protection and monitoring of a critical population of Sumatran Rhinos in Tabin Wildlife Reserve in eastern Sabah. There are only 15-30 Sumatran rhinos left on Borneo and BORA is hoping to establish a breeding program for the species.
Rhino Taxon Advisory Group (TAG)
The Rhino TAG of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is an integral partner of CREW’s. Through the Rhino TAG, CREW scientists learn which male rhinos are the most valuable and bank sperm from these males. The Rhino TAG also identifies the most appropriate genetic matches for breeding. Based on these recommendations, CREW scientists choose sperm samples for artificial insemination that will produce the most genetically valuable calves. CREW scientists, Dr. Terri Roth and Dr. Monica Stoops, serve as the Rhino TAG Research Council Chair and Rhino TAG Reproductive Advisor, respectively.
Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI)
YABI, the rhino foundation of Indonesia oversees the management of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary on Sumatra, the only other captive breeding program for this species. CREW scientists work closely with sanctuary staff hoping they will soon succeed in producing calves. Andalas, the first calf produced at the Cincinnati Zoo, was sent to the sanctuary in 2007 to breed with the female rhinos.
Asian Rhino Project
The Asian Rhino Project is an Australian based conservation organization. Its mission is: Raising awareness and support for the three Asian rhino species. The Asian Rhino Project works closely with the IRF, YABI and CREW to support Asian rhino conservation.