According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos ( Dicerorhinus sumatrensis ) left in the world, found mainly on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and in Borneo.
Now an Indonesian sanctuary, the Way Kambas National Park Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, has announced the birth of a Sumatran rhino calf, immediately becoming hope for this endangered species due to human interference through the habitat degradation and hunting.
Good news for conservation
The calf – it still has no name -, which took three hours to be born, is a female whose mother is Rosa and had previously been paired with a male named Andatu . Rosa received additional help in the form of fetal-stimulating hormones, routine ultrasounds, and monitoring in an effort to ensure the best outcome for her pregnancy . Finally, the calf was born on March 24 and with this new birth there are eight Sumatran rhinos in the sanctuary
“With the birth of the calf Rosa at [the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary], we hope to continue to receive happy news of other Sumatran rhino births in the future,” said the Director General of the Public Relations Office of Natural Resources and Conservation of Ecosystems in a press release.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature , IUCN, classifies the Sumatran rhinoceros, the smallest of all rhinoceros species, as critically endangered.
Reference: Indonesian Ministry of Environment