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)
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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. The birth will be at the Way Kambas National Park. It is in southern Sumatra. The baby would join five other rhinos there.
 
Sumatran rhino pregnancies last about 16 months. 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. She wandered out of the rainforest in 2005. Her first calf was a male named Andatu. It was born in 2012 and was the first Sumatran rhino born in an Asian breeding facility in more than 140 years.
 
The father of both calves is Andalas. He was born at the Cincinnati Zoo. He was sent to the Los Angeles Zoo, and then moved to Indonesia in 2007 for mating.
 
Andalas' brother, Harapan, lives at the Cincinnati Zoo. He 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 is executive director of the International Rhino Foundation. She said the pregnancy comes at a critical time for the species. No more than 100 animals are 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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COMMENTS (38)
  • jordynv-eva
    9/30/2015 - 01:20 p.m.

    its vary sad and intresting i like it lets save rhinos!!!

  • nathanb-eva
    9/30/2015 - 01:33 p.m.

    I want rhinos to stop being hunted for their horns sens there are not much left.

  • mackenziew-eva
    9/30/2015 - 01:35 p.m.

    Because they are endangered

  • summerm-6-bar
    9/30/2015 - 06:00 p.m.

    International collaboration was required because rhinos are a species that is extremely endangered and we need to protect them to keep them alive. All of the countries need to participate in keeping the rhinos in good condition and healthy. I thought this article was interesting because I would never suspect rhinos as being endangered.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    9/30/2015 - 08:20 p.m.

    I think that it is great for one more extinct rhino to be born. I hope that Sumatran rhinoceros will be born more so that animals won't be extinct. I believe that if the people will take care of the Sumatran rhinoceros a lot better, the Sumatran rhinoceros will possibly reproduce.

  • taylore-1-bar
    10/01/2015 - 12:37 a.m.

    International collaboration was required because the rhinos could not mate without other rhinos. The rhinos lived in different countries so the countries had to collaborate and send a rhino to the other country. This was interesting to me because I'm the article, it shows that humans know so much about rhinos. It is not surprising because humans are smart and have been studying things for many hundreds of years.

  • katem-Orv
    10/01/2015 - 11:49 a.m.

    I wonder if Rinos will be extinct in the next 100 years.
    I dont understand why someone would kill an inocent animal, just so they can sell the horn. I think it is great that more rinos are being born. I hope that rinos do not go extinct.

  • natalier1-gon
    10/01/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    That would be cool if I could see it

  • oliviam-6-bar
    10/01/2015 - 02:43 p.m.

    International collaboration was required because these rhinos are severely endangered and the whole world is trying everything possible to help them survive in the wild. The only way to help this species mate faster was to transfer the rhinos from many different locations to one place where they could mate faster than if they were on opposite sides of the world. I am glad that the world is coming together to help these endangered species.

  • darianv-3-bar
    10/01/2015 - 06:08 p.m.

    International collaboration is required because the rhinos are endangered and all countries need to preticipate in order to save them. I liked this article because it shows how much animals mean to the world.

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