Endangered Sumatran Rhino Gives Birth in Indonesia

The Jakarta Globe

A critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros gave birth Saturday at an Indonesian sanctuary, following just three other in-captivity births over the past century, a conservationist said.

“Ratu gave birth a male baby at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. Both the mother and the baby are all very well,” conservationist Widodo Ramono, who works at a sanctuary on the southern tip of Sumatra island, told AFP.

The last three in-captivity births for Sumatran rhinos took place in the United States at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.

One of those was a male named Andalas, born September 13, 2001.

He was raised in captivity and was recently brought to Indonesia to mate with Ratu, a female who grew up in the wild but wandered out of the forest and now lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park.

This is believed to be Ratu’s first full-term pregnancy, Konstant told AFP. She has already miscarried twice after prior attempts to breed in captivity.

Sumatran rhinos have suffered a 50 percent drop in population over the past 20 years, largely due to poaching and loss of tropical habitat.

There are now believed to be fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos alive. Most reside in isolated pockets in Southeast Asia.

Agence France-Presse

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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

2 responses to “Endangered Sumatran Rhino Gives Birth in Indonesia”

  1. Judy says :

    Congratulations Ratu!not only have you got yourself a baby boy but you are helping your fellow Sumatran Rhinos exist longer!!!You clever girl,enjoy being a mum,you must be very proud!

    • Widodo Ramono says :

      Yes indeed Ratu is a very good mother she does everything for Andatu, her son, caring him very well and when both of them were to be released into a bigger paddock she ‘asked’ Andatu to wait in one spot, surveyed the entire bigger paddock before allowing his son to enter. What an amazing mother.

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