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. The birth will be at the Way Kambas National Park 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 and 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. 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, 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. 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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Why was international collaboration required?
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COMMENTS (14)
  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    9/29/2015 - 09:26 p.m.

    International collaboration is required because in order to save the rhino species, many funds are needed as well as different zoos to help bring the species back to its normal population. According to the article, zoos in Indonesia as well as zoos in the US were used to hold the rhinos. With out international collaboration, there would be a small chance for the rhino population to grow back to its original population. I think this article is great for letting the world in on the rhinos endangerment.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/29/2015 - 09:53 p.m.

    I think more countries need to be involved because Indonesia and the U.S. need to have more defense against poaching and loss of habitat. They have to make sure that poaching does not continue and Indonesia has to try to prevent habitat loss.
    Why was international collaboration required?
    Answer: International collaboration was required because Andalas, the male rhino, was in the U.S. and they had to bring it over to Indonesia to mate with Ratu.

  • maddesonm-agn
    9/30/2015 - 11:54 a.m.

    The International Collaboration was required so the Sumatran rhino does NOT disappear forever. So they saved a few rhinos and brought them to a sanctuary to keep them safe.

  • erins-agn
    9/30/2015 - 12:25 p.m.

    The international collaboration is required because in order to save endangered species people like animal specialists and people of America have to come together tosave endangered species.

  • anthonyr-
    9/30/2015 - 02:46 p.m.

    How many babies is the mother going to have?

  • tessf-6-bar
    10/01/2015 - 01:59 a.m.

    International collaboration is required because the only way to keep rhinos from going extinct. There needs to be multiple zoos to keep the rhinos in, and they needed more funding. I am glad that people are putting out an effort to save animals from extinction.

  • sofiat-4-bar
    10/01/2015 - 11:41 p.m.

    International collaboration is required because they need the zoos from around the world to send there animals so that they can essentially switch them out and repopulate the endangered species. I think this is very interesting because most places just try to protect the endangered species but this place is breeding them.

  • dylana-Orv
    10/02/2015 - 12:27 p.m.

    the bady looks so fury it is so weird

  • olivias-ver
    10/04/2015 - 11:24 a.m.

    International collaboration is required because in order for them to save this rhino species they need to breed them, and get them rhinos from thee zoos in order to.

  • hollyw-agn
    10/07/2015 - 12:07 p.m.

    International collaboration was required because that was a way to help rhinos. It raises funds for zoos to get food, supplies, toys, and even to build more habitats. International collaboration was also a great way for the rhino population to rise. I am glad people are helping the rhinos. :)

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