Sunday, 6 October 2013

Indonesia refuses permission for Sumatran rhinos to be shipped to Cincinnati Zoo

Critically Endangered rhinos to stay in the wild
October 2013. The authorities responsible for the running of Way Kambas National Park in Indonesia have refused permission for several rhinos to be exported to USA as part of a breeding programme.

In the 1980s around 20 Sumatran rhinos were sent to England and the USA as part of an effort to study and breed the Critically Endangered rhino. However this effort to conserve the species is regarded as a disaster as all of these rhino died and no breeding took place at all.

Cincinnati Zoo recently announced that they would try mating two Sumatran rhinos, even though they are siblings. A six-year-old male Sumatran rhino born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2007 and later moved zoos in Florida and Los Angeles Zoo, was returned to Cincinnati in July in an effort to help save his rapidly disappearing species from extinction. With no more than 100 Sumatran rhinos left on the planet and only two in the USA (Harapan and his sister, nine-year-old "Suci"), this move demonstrates just how desperate the effort to save this species has become.

However the recent birth of two Sumatran rhinos in Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra has proved that the species can be saved by local efforts, according to the Park authorities.

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