Another baby on the way for endangered rhino
Another baby on the way for endangered rhino A female Sumatran rhino named Ratu, right, is seen with her calf at Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, Indonesia in 2012. Ratu is pregnant with her second calf at an Indonesian sanctuary in the original habitat of the highly endangered species, a government conservation official said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo)
Another baby on the way for endangered rhino
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A Sumatran rhinoceros is pregnant with her second calf at an Indonesian sanctuary in the original habitat of the highly endangered species, according to a government conservation official.
Bambang Dahono Adji, director of biodiversity conservation at Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said the mother, Ratu, is expected to give birth in May at the Way Kambas National Park in southern Sumatra. The baby would join five other rhinos there.
Sumatran rhino pregnancies last about 16 months and the babies weigh up to 60 pounds. Ultrasound images indicate Ratu's pregnancy is progressing normally.
"This proves capabilities of our own experts at Way Kambas," Dahono said. "Malaysia's announcement of the extinction of Sumatran rhino there made Indonesia's efforts to save the rhino very important now."
Now 12 years old, Ratu was born in the wild and wandered out of the rainforest in 2005. Her first calf, a male named Andatu born in 2012, was the first Sumatran rhino born in an Asian breeding facility in more than 140 years.
The father of both calves is Andalas, who was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, later sent to the Los Angeles Zoo and then moved to Indonesia in 2007 for mating.
Andalas' brother, Harapan, lives at the Cincinnati Zoo, and is the only Sumatran rhino abroad. He is expected to be moved to Indonesia in October. Their sister Suci was believed to have died there because her diet at the zoo contained too much iron.
"We are proudly announcing the pregnancy of Ratu at the Sumatra Rhone Sanctuary coinciding with the celebration of World Rhino Day," Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in a statement. World Rhino Day was Sept. 22.
She added "the pregnancy represents decades of international collaboration to save this endangered species."
Susie Ellis, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation, said the pregnancy comes at a critical time for the species, which has no more than 100 animals left in the wild.
"One birth doesn't save a species, but it's one more Sumatran rhino on Earth," Ellis said.
The species is seriously threatened by loss of habitat and poaching for their horns.

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  • sierrab-ste
    9/30/2015 - 09:21 a.m.

    This is so great that the Rhino is expected to have a baby. This is slowly helping to save the the Rhinos from extinction. We don't want all of them dying off and just becoming another extinct species like the dinosaurs.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    10/01/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    Its so sad that these rhinos are endangered. Im happy to see that there are more coming!

  • baylees-day
    10/01/2015 - 10:36 p.m.

    This makes me really happy because its what sanctuary are all about, it gives the animal a chance to strength its self, species, population. Although one baby isn't going to take it off the endangered list, it's still another rhino. I'd be very interested to know how the pregnancy continues to progress and hope the baby is born healthy. Its a shame, that humans managed to almost kill off a whole species by not only destroying their habitat but also killing them for their horns.

  • thomasm-day
    10/02/2015 - 09:10 a.m.

    Many people ask if you were an endangered pregnant rhino what would u do? A pregnant rhinos gestation period is for 16 months and that is a long time to have someone growing inside of you. Also being endangered would keep the rhinos on the defensive and want to keep its baby safe. Lastly being the biggest baddest animal in the savanna would be really cool so I rate being a endangered pregnant rhino would need a lot of responsibly but would be really cool so five stars.

  • laurend-day
    10/02/2015 - 09:48 p.m.

    I think it's really extraordinary to see how zoos and sanctuaries put forth efforts to save endangered species. I also love hearing about the birth or pregnancy of an endangered species at a zoo. Usually I hear about the births of baby pandas, but this is the first time I've heard news about rhinos. I thought it was interesting that they move the rhinos around internationally, even to just breed them. I hope the pregnancy goes smoothly, and that the baby is healthy.

  • ravend-bag
    10/06/2015 - 06:59 p.m.

    International collaboration is required because the species is starting to die off so if their is international collaboration this help hopefully will increase the population of th Sumatran Rhinos.

  • julianc-bag
    10/15/2015 - 10:01 p.m.

    If I lived in Indonesia I would want to work on the save the rhino foundation.

  • lances-fel
    10/19/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    International collaboration was required to save this endangered species.

  • travisb-fel
    10/19/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    International collaboration is required because there are less than 100 of the Rhinos left on the planet, and that number is magically rising.

  • kyleighp-fel
    10/19/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    International collaboration was required because the Sumatran Rhinos are seriously threatened by loss of habitat and the poachers who want their horns. It takes more then just one country to do something this hard.

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