The Sabah-rhino is critically endangered. Even though one reckons that there are still about 20 of them living in the rain forest of Borneo, they only know of two with certainty. A team of German scientists fights for the Sabah-rhinos survival using modern reproduction technologies. The German team of experts is even considering cloning as a solution.
The endangered Sabah-rhino counts as one of the smallest rhinos in the world, only measuring 1,30m.
It was an exciting and quite dangerous experience for our cameraman Francisco Lopez: „Actually you should film the male rhino from a safe distance. But once we dared to come closer to get better pictures. I was only 30 meters away from it when the keeper warned me that I should leave the cage immediately as the rhino suddenly decided to attack me. A real highlight, however, was to traverse the reservation to film orangutans at close range. But conditions at the rain forest are extreme: Often we had to pause the shooting due to heavy rain and I also had to deal with leeches. Yet it was a great experience”.