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Last Sumatran rhino in US to go home in attempt to save species

An Ohio zoo home to the last Sumatran rhino in the US has announced plans to send the critically endangered species to his ancestral home in the hope he will mate.

A Sumatran rhino and calf.
A Sumatran rhino and calf. Image by International Rhino Foundation / CC BY 2.0

Eight-year-old Harapan, one of three Sumatran rhinos born at the Cincinnati Zoo, is expected to be moved to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary later this year. The announcement by the zoo comes just days after a group of scientists declared the species extinct in Malaysia. The descendants of Ice Age wooly rhinos have fallen by some 90% since the mid-1980s. Read more: theguardian.com