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Episode 55: Sumatran Rhino Conservation w/Dr. Barney Long

September 21, 2018


This week Angie welcomed back Dr. Barney Long to discuss the plight of the critically-endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros.

Dr. Long is involved in the project to save this species and it was announced on September 20, 2018 an ambitious plan to save these animals. A group of conservation groups are working to bringing the remaining 80 or so Sumatran rhinos into captivity to allow these animals to breed. It is an incredible project and a real treat for us to have Dr. Long speak with us. 
Other Links
Cincinnati Zoo Sumatran Rhino Breeding Program 
Sumatran Rhino Recovery Program 
Save the Sumatran Rhino

The following biography was taken from the Global Wildlife Conservation Website  

Dr. Barney Long works on the conservation of endangered mammal species and the thematic approaches required to achieve the recovery of their populations. He has worked extensively on Saola, Sumatran and Javan Rhino, Tiger, Gibbons, Doucs and a host of other species across the world. A focus of his work is protected area management effectiveness and the prevention of poaching. Prior to joining Global Wildlife Conservation, Dr. Barney Long led the Species Program at WWF-US.Barney started his career in Southeast Asia exploring the region during baseline biodiversity inventory surveys and searching for presumed extinct primates. Initially using community-based and protected area approaches to conserve species, he expanded to the integration of species conservation within wider landscape and socio-economic development processes on which he conducted his doctoral research. A key interest of Barney’s is how to raise the quality of implementation at scale through developing thematic approaches to improving protected area management effectiveness, the prevention of poaching, and species conservation and recovery planning. Barney is also a strong believer in the power of partnerships for conservation and works extensively with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the SMART, Conservation Assured, and Zero Poaching partnerships.


  • Ph.D., Biodiversity Management, DICE, University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Bristol.


Stephenson P.J., Brooks T.M., Butchart S.H.M., Fegraus E., Geller E.N., Hoft R., Hutton J., Kingston N., Long B., and McRae L. 2017. Priorities for big biodiversity data. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(3) 124-125. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1473

Setiawan R., Gerber B.D., Rahman U.M., Daryan D., Firdaus A.Y., Haryono M., Khairani K.O., Kurniawan Y., Long B., Lyet A., Muhiban M., Mahmud R., Muhtarom A., Purastuti E., Ramono W.S., Subrata D., and Sunarto. 2017. Preventing Global Extinction of the Javan Rhino: Tsunami Risk and Future Conservation Direction. Conservation Letters 10(3) 1-9. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12366

Gray T. N. E., Crouthers R., Ramesh K., Vattakaven J., Borah J., Pasha M.K.S., Lim T., Phan, C., Singh R., Long, B., Chapman S., Keo O., and Baltzer M. 2017. A framework for assessing readiness for tiger Panthera tigris reintroduction: a case study from eastern Cambodia. Biodiversity Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1365-1

Moreto W.D., Gau J.M., Paoline III E.A., Singh R., Belecky M., and Long B. 2017. Occupational motivation and intergenerational linkages of rangers in Asia. Oryx. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605317001041

Tilker A., Long B., Gray T., Robichaud W., Van Ngoc T., Vu Linh N., Holland J., Shurter S., Comizzo P., Thomas P., Ratajszczak R., and Burton J. 2017. Saving the saola from extinction. Science: Vol. 357 (6357), pp. 1248. DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9591

Gray T. N. E., Hughes A.C., Laurance W.F, Long B., Lynam A.J., O’Kelly H., Ripple W.J., Seng T., Scotson L., and Wilkinson N.M. The wildlife snaring crisis: an insidious and pervasive threat to biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Biodiversity Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1450-5

Gray, T.N.E., Lynam, A.J., Teak, S., Laurance, W.F., Long, B., Scotson, L., and Ripple, W.J. 2017. Wildlife-snaring crisis in Asian forests. Science Vol. 355: 6322, 255-256. DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4463

Haryono, Muh., Miller, P.S., Lees, C., Ramono, W., Purnomo, A., Long, B., Sectionov, Waladi Isnan, B.D., Aji, B.D., Talukdar, B., and Ellis, S. (Eds.) 2016. Population and Habitat Viability Assessment for the Javan Rhino. Apple Valley, MN: IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.

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