It’s a Girl!
May 24, 2016
Fantastic news from the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia. A new calf was born in the predawn hours of May 12th at the 250-acre SRS within Way Kambas National Park. It’s a healthy girl! The parents are mom Ratu and dad Andalas. Ratu was born in the wild and moved to the Sanctuary when her rainforest home was destroyed.
Andalas was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2001. He was the first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in more than one hundred years. The struggle to help Andalas’s mother, Emi, carry a pregnancy to term and give birth is featured in the book, Emi and the Rhino Scientist. Terri Roth, the “rhino scientist” is thrilled by the news! Every Sumatran rhino counts these days. Fewer than 100 of the world’s smallest and hairiest rhinos remain on Earth. They are a critically endangered species. “The birth of any healthy Sumatran rhino calf is reason to rejoice, but the birth of a female calf when the species is so very close to extinction, makes this a monumental event,” said Terri Roth. “We applaud our Indonesian colleagues on their success and our own Andalas for siring his second calf.”
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