US-born endangered Sumatran rhino arrives in Indonesia

2015-11-01 19:03

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Cengkareng - A US-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere.

The 8-year-old male, Harapan, was brought to Indonesia on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction.

Harapan arrived Sunday at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport in a special travel crate aboard a Cathay Pacific jet. He continued his trip in a truck to the seaport of Merak and was to be ferried to Sumatra island.

The Sumatran rhino's numbers have been decimated over the past 50 years by rampant poaching for horns and destruction of forests by farmers, illegal loggers and palm oil plantation companies.

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