The Sumatran rhino is one of the most endangered animals on the planet – with numbers estimated to be somewhere between 30 and 80 individual animals left.
So it is the most wonderful news from the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary that Rosa, a Sumatran rhino, has successfully given birth after suffering eight miscarriages in the last 17 years.
The female calf was born on March 24th, and is the third successful birth at the Sanctury’s breeding programme, designed to save the rhinos from extinction. Rosa’s calf was described by the sanctuary as ‘a ray of hope’ for a the species which has been almost wiped out by poaching.
The birth has also been hailed a global success for conservation efforts. Wiranto, the Director-General for Nature Conservation and Ecosystems, said: “The birth of the Sumatran rhino is good news amid the efforts of the Indonesian government and partners to increase the Sumatran rhino population…We hope to continue to receive happy news from the births of other Sumatran rhinos in the future.”
It’s news very close to our heart at The Big Prawn Company, as the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary is one of the organisations we support alongside our friends at The Happy Prawn Co.
The rhino sanctuary is based right in the heart of Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, Indonesia, set in a hundred acre habitat. It’s part of the community we work with to source prawns in Indonesia, and supporting their vital work to protect the rhinos is part of the way we’re working with the community there.
Together with The Happy Prawn Co, we’ve been raising money for a CCTV camera for the sanctuary, which allows the team there to monitor the rhinos without getting too close, allowing these wonderful animals to live as naturally as possible in this protected environment.