A Sumatran Rhino Star is Born

By Sandy Masuo

Picture of Sumatran rhinoceros calf born to Ratu on May 12, 2016

Sumatran rhino Ratu and her newborn calf at Way Kambas National Park in Indonesia (Photo by Stephen Belcher; courtesy of International Rhino Foundation blog)

Today, at 4:42 a.m. (local time), Sumatran rhinoceros Ratu delivered her second calf fathered by Andalas, who lived at the L.A. Zoo from 2003 through 2007. The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia—where Andalas, Ratu, and Harapan (Andalas’s younger brother) now live—is one of the beneficiaries of Bowling For Rhinos (BFR) funding.

BFR-supported programs in Asia and Africa have demonstrated significantly lower poaching losses of critically endangered Sumatran rhinos, thanks to conservation efforts that mobilize local communities to become part of the solution—so Ratu, Andalas, Harapan, Andatu, this little calf, and all the other endangered wildlife in these areas have the best chance to survive.

(P.S. It’s not too late to contribute to Bowling for Rhinos this year! To do so, please visit AAZK-Los Angeles.)

Read more about the history of Sumatran rhinos at the L.A. Zoo:

Betty White is one of many who Andalas charmed during his stay in Los Angeles (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

Betty White is one of many who Andalas charmed during his stay in Los Angeles (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

Zooscape “Full Circle” (April 2007)
Zooscape “Andalas Summer” (Aug/Sept 2003)
The Red Rhino Blogs (Part I): Magical Creatures
The Red Rhino Blogs (Part II): Remembering the Red Rhinos
The Red Rhino Blogs (Part III): First Encounter of a Red Rhino Kind
The Red Rhino Blogs (Part IV): A Very Special Birthday
The Red Rhino Blogs (Part V): Full Circle

To learn how you can help in saving these wonderful creatures from extinction, visit:

Cincinnati Zoo blog
International Rhino Foundation