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Happy Birthday Andatu

The Sumatran Rhino is critically endangered, with only 130-190 individuals surviving. Their final stronghold exists in three Sumatran National Parks, with help from the International Rhino Foundation.

The birth of a new Sumatran Rhino is a very big deal. It provides hope, and confidence in the survival of the species. One year ago, a calf named Andatu did just that. Shortly after midnight on June 23, he was welcomed into the world at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia.

andatu and mom

The story of Andatu starts with his grandmother Emi (see previous post  Emi was the beginning of the intensive conservation efforts made at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. In 2001, she gave birth to Andalas, the father of Andatu . This was the first birth of a Sumatran in a zoo in 112 years!

In 2007 Andalas was shipped to the SRS in Indonesia where he was introduced to three potential mates. He chose Ratu, and the rest is history. Although one rhino won’t bring back the species, it’s a start. It shows that international collaboration, science, and diligence pay off.

Video of Andatu’s mud bath at a few days old:


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Emi the World-Famous Sumatran

Emi n son

Emi and Andalas

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.


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