US-born Sumatran rhino goes home

2015-11-05 19:31
Ratu, an endangered Sumatran rhino. (AP)

Ratu, an endangered Sumatran rhino. (AP)

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Way Kambas - A Sumatran rhino born in the United States has been formally handed over to Indonesian authorities at a sanctuary where he is expected to mate to help save his critically endangered species from extinction.

The 8-year-old rhino arrived at Way Kambas National Park on Monday after more than 16 000km trip from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

US consular official Robert Ewing delivered the 816kg rhino to Tachrir Fathoni, a senior official at the Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry, on Thursday at the park in Lampung province.

The rhino named Harapan, or hope, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and for nearly the past two years was the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere.

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