Delilah

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Delilah was born in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia. Her father, Andalas, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 13, 2001 and came to Indonesia when he was six years old. Andatu’s mother, Ratu, was born in Way Kambas National Park, but wandered outside the park’s boundaries in 2005. Fortunately, she was rescued and brought to the Sanctuary for protection. Delilah is Ratu’s second calf and the second rhino ever born in captivity in Indonesia. She weighed approximately 45 pounds at birth, slightly less than her brother, Andatu, who weighed 60lbs.


Delilah and her mother continue to live in a maternity boma within the tropical forest. She spends the day napping, walking around with her mother, mouthing the shrubbery, and enjoying long mud baths, which her mother digs. For now, she relies on her mother for 100% of her nutrition. As she grows, her keepers will begin introducing her to browse from more than two dozen different types of plants, some of which are relatives of the aromatic herbs that people use in cooking and others that are toxic to human beings, but part of a Sumatran rhino’s natural diet. When fully grown, Delilah will weigh more than half-a-ton, but probably less than one ton, and she should reach sexual maturity at about six or seven years of age. For now, she is an adorable ball of energy that loves wallowing and exploring her new environment.