Can we save the Sumatran rhino?

Indonesia holds out hope 

by Jeremy Hance 

One percent of the world’s population,“ veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram (1,574-pound), 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros leisurely crunching branches whole.

A gentle and easygoing rhino, pink-hued Bina doesn’t seem to mind the two-legged hominids snapping pictures and awing at her every move at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. At least, it doesn’t interrupt her breakfast.

She also seems unfazed at this particular moment about being only one of a hundred or so—no one really knows for sure—remaining Sumatran rhinos on the planet.

Today, the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is probably in the bleakest state of all five of the world’s rhino species, but the 100-hectare Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) may be the one bright spot, especially after producing a calf in 2012. The baby male, Andatu, was only the fourth rhino born in captivity in the past hundred years and the first for the SRS…

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photographs by Tiffany Roufs, SRS, and IRS

Andatu - the famous sumatran rhino calf - wrote this on his Facebook page earlier today:

“On Monday, my grandfather, Ipuh, died. He lived at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States, which is also where my dad was born. I never met Grandpa Ipuh, but they say he was about 33 years old – the oldest Sumatran rhino in any zoo. He also fathered three calves – my dad Andalas, my Aunt Suci and my Uncle Harapan – making him the most prolific male of our species in captivity. This makes me very proud.”

More can be read about Ipuh here: