The Rare Indonesian Rhino That Gave Birth is Highlighted by Foreign Media

The rare Sumatran rhino is in the spotlight of foreign media. Most recently, the species gave birth in Way Kambas National Park. One of the highlights was CNN. He said, Wednesday (30/3/2022), that moment was an ‘important opportunity for the survival of the Sumatran rhino species. The extremely rare Sumatran rhino has been born in captivity in a nature reserve in Indonesia, according to the government. It’s a celebration of conservation efforts to save endangered animals from extinction. The female rhino was born in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province on March 24, according to Indonesia’s Ministry of the Environment.

“The birth of the Sumatran rhino is good news amid the efforts of the Indonesian government and partners to increase the Sumatran rhino population,” said the Director-General of Environmental Conservation at the Ministry of Environment, Wiratno.

The Sumatran rhinoceros, the world’s smallest rhino species, once bred throughout Southeast Asia but is now found only in small pockets on the northern islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. Fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos remain, according to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF).

The captive program at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, assisted by IRF, is the only place where the Sumatran rhino breeds naturally with the support of technology and collaboration of expertise. The program aims to maintain the survival of the Sumatran rhino by increasing the number of rhinos. So that one day this rhino can be released back into the wild. Without intervention, the IRF says the Sumatran rhino will be extinct in a matter of decades. International rhino experts and the Indonesian government have decided relocating rhinos to a captive breeding program is the only way to save the species.

March 30, 2022, detikTravel