Taronga provides expertise and support to in-situ conservation projects around the world. The Zoo is also a founding member of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and continues to support many of its activities today in both Asia and Africa.
Taronga provides veterinary support to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia to help breed an insurance population of the rare Sumatran Rhino. In 2012, Senior Veterinarian, Dr Benn Bryant, assisted with the birth of the first Sumatran Rhino calf to be born at the Sanctuary. After two days of contractions, wild mother, Ratu, gave birth to a healthy male calf, Andatu.
Taronga helps to support Rhino Protection Units in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra to ensure Sumatran and Javan Rhinos are protected. These dedicated and highly trained teams patrol the parks to stop poaching and snaring of rhinos and other species, prevent illegal logging and gather intelligence to ensure successful prosecution of wildlife criminals.
Taronga proudly supports the Asian Rhino Project and the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 through its Taronga Field Grants Program. Since 2009 Taronga has provided financial support for anti poaching measures and to help expand on a successful translocation program.
The habitat of the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros is shrinking, but within the few areas in India where they remain, populations are on the rise. This is largely due to anti-poaching patrols in protected areas. However, the increased population pressure causes rhinos to wander outside protected areas in search of new habitat. The translocation of rhino reduces the pressure on Kaziranga National Park and protects the future of the species by creating a separate, sustainable population.