Rare Birth of Sumatran Rhino Brings ‘hope’ to Rhino Conservation

The rare birth of a Sumatran rhino, which is classified as a critically endangered animal, sparked hope for rhino conservation in Indonesia. 

A Sumatran rhino named Rosa gave birth to a female cub on Thursday, March 24, in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Park in Lampung Province. 

Wiratno, the Director-General of the Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. said in a statement the birth of the rhino calf is “good news amid the efforts of the Indonesian government and partners to increase the Sumatran rhino population.”

The newly born rhino calf, according to a separate statement from Save the Rhino International, was the sixth rhino born in captivity. 

Currently, there are now eight Sumatran rhinos in the sanctuary including four females and three males. 

 “This is fantastic news for Sumatran rhino conservation and we’re so excited that Rosa and her new calf are healthy and doing well,” Cathy Dean, CEO of Save the Rhino International said. 

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