Helping to Save the Sumatran Rhino
Friday 25th June 2010
Helping to Save the Sumatran Rhino

Taronga Western Plains Zoo and its visitors have helped raise over $1200 at Rhino May Day last month to help save the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino. Rhino May Day was held at Taronga Western Plains Zoo for the first time earlier this year. 

The event aimed to raise awareness of the plight of all Rhino species in the wild and to raise funds to support the conservation of these amazing animals many of which are considered critically endangered.  

Over three days the Zoo held special Rhino keeper talks and collected gold coin donations from visitors.  A staff function was also held to raise funds, along with a raffle. 

As a result of the fundraising activities staff at the Zoo raised over $1200.00 across three days and used the money to sponsor a Sumatran Rhino named Andalas through the International Rhino Foundation’s Adopt a Rhino program.   

Andalas, born at Cincinnati Zoo in the USA, was the first Sumatran Rhino born in human care in 112 years. Andalas was transferred from the United States to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, a management and breeding facility located in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia, in early 2007.  Andalas has been introduced to Ratu, a young female at the Sanctuary so we have big hopes that they will successfully produce a healthy offspring. 

The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS), a 250-acre complex located within Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, is currently home to five rhinos that are part of an intensively managed research and breeding program aimed at increased the Sumatran Rhino population in the wild. 

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