Looking for love! Sumatran rhino to leave Cincinnati to breed in Indonesia

The only Sumatran rhino in the Western hemisphere will soon move out of the public eye and back to his ancestral home to breed.

The only Sumatran rhino on public display, Harapan, will be sent to Indonesia for breeding.

The only Sumatran rhino on public display, Harapan, will be sent to Indonesia for breeding. Image by Cincinnati Zoo

Harapan lives at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where he was born in a breeding programme, but will soon journey to Sumatra, where the rest of the population of his species live.

His departure will mean the end of the zoo’s breeding programme, which was the only captive breeding programme outside of Indonesia that produced rhino calves.

The Sumatran rhino is critically endangered.

The only Sumatran rhino on public display, Harapan, will be sent to Indonesia for breeding.

The only Sumatran rhino on public display, Harapan, will be sent to Indonesia for breeding. Image by Cincinnati Zoo

Harapan will head to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the Way Kambas National Park of Indonesia in order to breed.

There are only about 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, according to the zoo, and nine live in captivity. The rest are scattered throughout Southeast Asia, which makes it difficult for them to breed. Experts have declared that species extinct in the wild in Malaysia.

For now, Harapan can be seen at the zoo from 11 am to 2 pm until 29 October.

Watch a video of Harapan here.

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