In 2015 the Ujung Kulon National Park authorities discovered three new critically endangered Javan rhino calves which means that there are at least 60 Javan rhinos. As all the rhinos are found in one location they face the risks of stochastic event such as a disease or a tsunami, or loss of genetic diversity due to low numbers. You may like to see camera trap footage of three rhino calves in Ujung Kulon National Park here.
In November 2015 Sumatran rhino Harapan (Harry) travelled 10,000 miles from Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia. As one of the last remaining Sumaran rhinos outside of South-East Asia, Harry was translocated to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary as part of the breeding programme with the hope that Harry will breed with one of the three females there to help increase numbers of this critically endangered species. You can read our news piece and watch the video of Harry’s exiting arrival here.
Looking ahead in 2016 there is the great news that Sumtaran rhino Ratu (who also lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary) is pregnant and is expected to give birth to her second calf in May 2016. Ratu successfully mated with Andalas, who is the brother of Harapan and was also born in Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Sumatran rhinos are now considered extinct in Malaysia, meaning that the focus for the future survival of the species lies with Indonesia. Ratu’s pregnancy gives new hope for the future survival of Sumatran rhinos. You can read more about her pregnancy here.
Published: 8th Apr