Endagered rhino travels from Ohio to Indonesia
Endagered rhino travels from Ohio to Indonesia An 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) walks inside a cage at Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island Indonesia, Thursday, Nov 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Endagered rhino travels from Ohio to Indonesia
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A U.S.-born male Sumatran rhino has arrived in his ancestral home of Indonesia. The rhino made the long journey from Cincinnati, Ohio. The animal is on a mission to mate. He could help save his critically endangered species from extinction.
 
The 8-year-old rhino is Harapan. He was born at Cincinnati's zoo. He spent nearly the past two years as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere.
 
He arrived at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport Nov. 1. The rhino traveled in a special travel crate. It was flown aboard a Cathay Pacific jet. He continued his trip in a truck to the seaport of Merak. He then was to be ferried to Sumatra Island.
 
"Thankfully, it has arrived here," said Bambang Dahono Adji. He is director of biodiversity conservation at Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He said Harapan would be "officially handed over" to Indonesian authorities Nov. 5. It will happen at Way Kambas National Park. That is where the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary is located.
 
The 1,800-pound rhino underwent medical checks.  And he was trained to walk into and willingly remain in his crate before beginning the more than 10,000-mile trip. His trip ended a captive-breeding program for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo. The program had produced three rhinos.
 
A veteran Cincinnati Zoo animal keeper went with Harapan on his trip. The zookeeper was at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary when Harapan's older brother became a father there in 2012.
 
Conservationists hope Harapan can mate with one or more of the three females at Way Kambas. That's where Ratu, a 12-year-old female rhino born in the wild, is now pregnant with her second calf. She should give birth in May.
 
Ratu's first calf was a male named Andatu.  It was born in 2012.  The calf was the first Sumatran rhino born in an Asian breeding facility in more than 140 years. The father of both calves is Harapan's brother Andalas. He was returned to Indonesia in 2007.
 
Harapan and Andalas' sister, Suci, died from illness last year at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her death left Harapan as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere.
 
Indonesia has said it does not want to be dependent on other countries in conservation efforts by sending rhinos to be bred abroad. However, it says it welcomes any technological or scientific assistance for the Sumatran rhino-breeding program.
 
The Sumatran rhino is seriously threatened.  Over the past 50 years, the species' numbers in Indonesia have been greatly reduced by rampant poaching for horns used in traditional Chinese medicines. They have also been reduced by destruction of forests by farmers, illegal loggers and palm oil plantation companies.

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  • raymondw-day
    11/09/2015 - 12:09 p.m.

    I think this is a smart decision to bring the endangered rhino back to his ancestral land in Indonesia. personally I think we've got to find him a wifey to mate with. and make little baby rhinos. There is no reason this species should go extinct on our watch. Especially because we are probably the reason for them being endangered.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    11/09/2015 - 07:10 p.m.

    I kind of feel sorry for Suci's parents because Suci died because of her illness. But, why is Ratu so wild? I hope she calms down. I never knew that rhinos could birth that many calves. I think their mother rhino will die because she lost so many bloods after she birth the calf. Is twins rare for a rhino? I think it is, because rhino's calves are really big so two of them won't fit in the mother rhino's womb. I hope Ratu's family will be in a good condition. I hope because Ratu's is really wild right now, so she might attack her families even her calves. I think she will attacks them because she has too much stress from her calf inside her.

  • william1108-yyca
    11/09/2015 - 09:05 p.m.

    WOW! It is amazing that a endangered rhino traveled that far. The rhino must be smart. But it is impossible to do that. But maybe now that it is possible to make it when you are endangered.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    11/09/2015 - 10:53 p.m.

    I think that this is very bad for the Sumatran Rhinos to almost be extincted because the Rhinos aren't going to go through another year because after another year, the Sumatran Rhinos would already be extincted. I think that the Sumatran Rhinos shouldn't be killed for their horns because of the value that the horns have.

  • tylerp1-buc
    11/10/2015 - 09:14 a.m.

    How many are left? How long did it take to train the rhino?

  • aronm-buc
    11/10/2015 - 10:59 a.m.

    Its learned more than I did when I was eight.... How many are there left?

  • jordanr-Orv
    11/10/2015 - 03:23 p.m.

    i wonder how this species of rhino's got into this situation were they are very endangered in the wild.I am very happy the zoo went to though the process of training the rhinos.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    11/10/2015 - 09:15 p.m.

    I think this is necessary because the Sumatran rhino is critically endangered. There are probably less than 10 rhinos left in the world. I hope that this works because we will never see Sumatran rhinos again. I am thankful for the safe arrival.
    Why was training an important part of this process?
    Answer: Training is an important part of the process because Harapan had to stay still inside a crate for more than 10,000 miles.

  • baileyf-git
    11/11/2015 - 01:24 p.m.

    Why is the training important?It is important because the rhino could seriously hurt somebody and so you don't have to have a hard time getting him in the crate.

  • emmad-git
    11/11/2015 - 01:27 p.m.

    The training was an important part of this process because if the baby rhino needed some training of how to protect itself a trainer could help the baby protect itself.

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