Last Sumatran Rhino leaving Cincinnati Zoo, breeding program to end

Rhino leaving Cincinnati Zoo (VIDEO)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - It's the end of an era at the Cincinnati Zoo as the last Sumatran Rhino will be transferred to Indonesia, zoo officials announced Tuesday.

The move means the culmination of the zoo's groundbreaking captive rhino breeding program. Outside of Indonesia, Cincinnati is the only place in the world that has succeeded in breeding Sumatran rhino in the last century.

Harapan was the third calf born in Cincinnati and is currently the only Sumatran Rhino living outside of Southeast Asia.

"He is now 8-years-old and sexually mature," said Dr. Terri Roth. "The opportunity for him to breed and contribute to his species survival exists only at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary."

There are only 100 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world with nine of those are being cared for in captivity. After Harapan departs from Cincinnati, the public will only see Sumatran Rhinos in photos.

Harapan's journey to the partner animal sanctuary will be long, said Dr. Roth. Cincinnati Zoo's most experienced Rhino keeper and a member of the veterinary staff will accompany Harapan to his new home. The trip is expected to take place in October.

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