Last Sumatran Rhino in United States Leaving for Indonesia

Big changes are in store for another rare animal living in a U.S. zoo. Harapan, the last critically endangered Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere, will depart in the next several weeks for Indonesia in the hopes that he will mate, the Cincinnati Zoo announced Tuesday. Nearly all the remaining 100 members of the species live in Indonesia. The zoo has been a pioneer in breeding the “hairy rhinos” and produced the first three born in captivity. “It’s a huge loss for us, said the Cincinnati Zoo’s Terri Roth. “But it's the right thing, to at least have Harapan able to contribute to survival of the species." Harapan will have a long flight to Jakarta and will then be taken by ferry to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

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