Emi the Sumatran rhino was the heart of the world’s only successful captive breeding program for the critically endangered species.
Living at the Cincinnati Zoo, she gave birth to a history-making three calves:
*Andalas (male) in 2001 *Suci (female) in 2004 *Harapan (male) in 2007
Andalas was released to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, south Sumatra. He successfully bred with another rhino (Ratu) and in 2012 they had a baby, making Emi a grandma! The baby, Andatu was the first successful birth in captivity on the island of Sumatra.
Emi’s daughter Suci remains at the Cincinnati Zoo and Harapan is living at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Unfortunately in 2009, Emi passed away in her sleep at the age of 21 (the typical lifespan of a Sumatran rhino is 35 – 40 years.) Known as a docile and amiable animal, she was one of the most beloved animals of the zoo. This amazing rhino unknowingly played a crucial role in saving her species and teaching conservationists how to help.
On a personal note, Emi is the reason I fell in love with rhinos. She’s an inspiration.