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Endangered Sumatran Rhino Born in Indonesia

In a significant conservation achievement, an endangered Sumatran rhinoceros was born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Lampung province, Indonesia. This rhino species is the smallest and most hairy of the existing five rhino species. The female calf, which has not yet been named, weighed approximately 27 kilograms and was able to stand about 45 minutes post-birth. By the next day, she was exploring the jungle. The calf's mother, Ratu, is 22 years old and in good health. Ratu's mate, Andalas, 23, was originally from the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, USA, but now resides in the same park. The couple has previously had two offspring, Delilah in 2016 and Andatu in 2021. Indonesia's environment minister, Siti Nurbaya, expressed joy over the birth, emphasizing its global significance. As of a 2019 assessment, only 80 Sumatran rhinos remain globally. This unique species, recognized by its two horns, can reach a height of 1.5 meters and weigh between 500 kg to 960 kg.

Photo Credit: Geranimo

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