Ohio rhino advocates urge more cooperation

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - Animal conservationists in Ohio are pushing for more attention and cooperation on the critically endangered Sumatran rhino ahead of economic summit meetings in southeast Asia.

Secretary of State John Kerry is heading the U.S. delegation in meetings with Asian leaders, likely to focus on strengthening economic and other ties in the region. President Barack Obama canceled his trip this weekend to the region because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Indonesia is home to most remaining Sumatran rhinos, believed to number as few as 100. They are targeted by poachers for their horns and have lost habitat to development.

Rhino advocates want more government help for protection of the rhinos and for captive breeding efforts, including one at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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