Saving Sumatran Rhinos….While We Still Can
Ratu, is a Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia. Her name means “queen”, and she is one of the fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world. If you recently watched the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet program, then you had the opportunity to meet Ratu, as she was featured in the Asia episode.
Ratu is also the only Sumatran rhino to have produced calves in captivity in Indonesia.
Ratu originally made her home near one of the borders of Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, where she soon came into contact with local people. Because it was dark, villagers mistook Ratu for a large pig at first and tried to kill her – luckily, she ran away and escaped harm. Her flight took her even further away from the protected area, however, and so the head of the park dispatched a team of rangers, keepers and veterinarians to find and protect Ratu, and to guide her to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary.
At the sanctuary, Ratu eventually bred with Andalas, a male born at the Cincinnati Zoo and later transferred to Indonesia. Ratu and Andalas have produced two calves – seven-year-old male Andatu, and three-year old female Delilah.
These births were the result of years of hard work and international research and collaboration – and they represent our best hope of saving this species from extinction.
If we don’t act now, the Sumatran rhino
could be extinct in our lifetime.
We have a plan to save them
Recently, the Government of Indonesia and rhino experts from around the world reached an agreement that the only way to bring the Sumatran rhino back from the brink is to consolidate the widely dispersed, fragmented wild populations into managed breeding facilities like the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary.
We’ve developed a three-year emergency plan to secure the remaining rhinos and develop the infrastructure to care for and grow their population. Breeding efforts will be complemented by protection of wild populations. Long term, animals will eventually be reintroduced back into Intensive Protection Zones in Way Kambas and Gunung Leuser National Parks.
This is our last chance to save them,
and we need your help.
We have a vision and a plan – and a long-term commitment. With your support we can expand the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and to begin capturing and translocating more rhinos to the facility.
This is an ambitious and risky mission, and there are no guarantees. Yet, doing nothing is not an option. It is time to act – to be proactive and consolidate the remaining reproductively viable animals into breeding centers and produce calves.
Join others from around the world that are working to save Sumatran rhinos today.
It is because of support from donors like you that we have been able to come this far, will you help us do the work we need to do to save the Sumatran rhino?