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There are only 80 specimens of this animal left. Local authorities have launched a program to try to conserve this species.

Published on 11/27/2023 07:15


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A Sumatran rhino has just been born in a reserve in western Indonesia, authorities announced on Monday, November 27. This is an important announcement, as part of a restoration program for this species. The female, named Delilah, gave birth to a male rhino in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra. The animal, whose father is called Harapan, weighed 25 kilos at birth. The smallest of all rhinos, the Sumatran rhino can still reach a weight of 1.5 tonnes as an adult.

Only 80 specimens left in the world

This is the fifth birth under this program, said Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forests. Another birth took place in September. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that there are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, living mainly on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and Borneo, an island shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Sultanate. . from Brunei. “This is the second birth of a Sumatran rhino in 2023. This further strengthens the government’s commitment to rhino conservation in Indonesia”declared the minister.

These are Andatu (2012), Delilah (2016), Sedah Mirah (2022), as well as Ratu-Andalas (September 30, 2023) and Delilah-Harapan (November 25, 2023). pic.twitter.com/RRxEropum9

– Kementerian LHK (@KementerianLHK) November 26, 2023

Multiple threats have brought the Sumatran rhino to the brink of extinction, including poaching and climate change. Indonesia is also trying to save another endangered species, the Javan rhino, of which only 80 specimens remain.

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