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Birth of Sumatran Rhino Calf, Minister: Sign that Indonesia’s Ecosystem is improving

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A male Sumatran rhino calf (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) was born in the Sumatran Rhino Reserve, Way Kambas National Park (SRS TNWK), Saturday, November 25 2023.

The rhino calf from a mother named Delilah was the fifth born at SRS TNWK.

“This further confirms the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in carrying out rhino conservation efforts in Indonesia, especially the Sumatran rhino,” said Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbay, Sunday, November 26, 2023.

Minister Siti added, from the semi-natural breeding efforts carried out, at SRS TNWK there have been five individual Sumatran rhinos born, namely Andatu (2012), Delilah (2016), Sedah Mirah (2022), the third child from Ratu-Andalas (30 September 2023) and son of Delilah-Harapan (25 November 2023).

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Delilah, a 7 year old female Sumatran rhino, was born as a result of the second birth of Ratu and Andalas’ marriage at SRS TNWK in 2016.

Harapan was born from Emi and Ipuh’s third marriage at the Cincinnati Zoo, United States in 2007.

Harapan began occupying SRS TNWK in 2015. Harapan also became the last Sumatran rhino to be repatriated to Indonesia, indicating that currently there are no more Sumatran rhinos apart from Indonesia.

Satyawan Pudyatmoko, Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) explained that the condition of the mother and calf was well monitored.

The calf can now stand upright and walk. Not long after he was discovered he was able to breastfeed in a standing position. Currently, the mother and calf are in the SRS TNWK care cage (boma), with the calf weighing 25 kg.

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