The trap had been set. The scientists waited and waited. But there’s no rushing a rhinoceros.

Then, it happened. The rhino stepped onto a leafy spot. It fell into a pit. The scientists had dug that pit in the forest floor. Why did they want to trap a rhino? It’s all part of a plan. They are trying to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction.

The Sumatran rhinoceros is the smallest of the rhino family.  

This rhino lives at a sanctuary.

Rhinos in Trouble

The Sumatran rhino is a species of rhino. It is in trouble. The Sumatran rhino is endangered. Experts now think there are only 80 left in the wild.

The plan is to rescue wild rhinos. The rhinos would be taken to a safe place. They would live there for a while. They would have babies. When they were old enough, they would be released into the wild.

There’s only one place right now where this can happen. It’s called the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary.

Protect The Natural World

The National Geographic Society has set a goal to help improve the status of 100 species or populations by 2030.