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Web Site, Cary Company Join Forces To Save Rhinos

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CARY — A rhinoceros' horn is valued by some people as medicine, which is why many have almost been killed off. A Web site and software from SAS in Cary are trying to save the rhinos.

Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell, with the help of the indigenous people in Africa, protect and monitor rhinos. They turned to SAS for its JMP, or "jump", software to track the rhinos with a new program called


. The program is an alternative to having to use radio tracking.

"You need to find out where they're going. You need to find out how they're performing in reproductive terms, so that you know how the population is performing," Alibhai says.

"Most of our customers are actually engineers and other researchers, but its statistics are applicable in all fields," says John Sall, SAS co-founder.

The hope is this non-invasive monitoring will help keep track of the rhino population.

"The population is still very low. We're talking about 3,000 animals roughly from a population, which was 65,000 just 30 years ago," Alibhai says.

The Rhinowatch organization is now planning to use the SAS statistical software to track two endangered species of tigers.


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