Baby born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

28 June 2012 | News story

The birth of a Sumatran Rhino in Indonesia, just a few weeks after the start of The International Year of the Rhino, has given extra hope for the conservation of this threatened species.

Born on Saturday 23 June at Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Andatu is the first Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) to be born in captivity in Indonesia and only the fifth born in captivity worldwide. Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, this breeding success is a significant event in the conservation of the Sumatran Rhino.

The mother, Ratu, and her newborn son will be watched closely by rhino specialists over the coming weeks to ensure their health and safety.