Sumatran Rhino Harapan One Step Closer to Becoming a Dad

One year after traveling to the other side of the world to meet a mate and contribute to the survival of his critically-endangered species, Cincinnati-born Sumatran rhino Harapan is moving closer to that goal. A team of scientists, vets and keepers assembled in Harapan's new home at the 250-acre Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park last week to collect semen from the 9-year-old rhino and his older brother, Andalas, the only captive male Sumatran rhino on the planet proven to be fertile. Samples collected from Harapan (which means "hope" in Indonesian) indicate that there's #HopeforHarry! Photo: CREW and SRS testing and demonstrating equipment. "We found motile sperm in Harapan's samples, which confirms that he should now be fertile and ready to breed," said Dr. Terri Roth, Director of Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation &Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) and the person who led the team that unraveled the mysteries of Sumatran rhino reproduction and, in 2001, produced Andalas, the first calf bred and born in captivity in 112 years. "This species is on the brink of extinction, but we believe there is still time to save it. We rejoiced when Andalas produced a male calf in 2012 and again this year when his second baby, Delilah, was born. Our greatest hope is that Harapan will have the same success. We now know that it's possible." Photo: Roth seeing Andalas' baby Delilah for the first time. Harapan has some optio...
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