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Which shade of gray is your Valentine? Does he like it hot and steamy? Is he secretive, shy and a little hairy? Does he sometimes come home covered in mud? Then he may be just like a Sumatran rhino!
This Valentine's Day, give your love the gift of gray. Adopt a Sumatran rhino to show your sweetheart you know what he likes.
The Sumatran rhinoceros is one of the most endangered mammals on Earth. Perhaps no more than 100 animals survive in small, isolated forest fragments in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS), a 250-acre complex located within Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia, is currently home to five rhinos that are part of an intensively-managed research and breeding program aimed at increasing the Sumatra's wild rhino population. At the sanctuary, the rhinos reside in large, open areas where they can experience a natural rainforest habitat while still receiving state-of-the-art veterinary care and nutrition.
You may choose to adopt any of the five rhinos at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary for as many days as you would like, either in your own name, or as a gift for a relative or friend who supports wildlife conservation.
In honor of each adoption, you or your gift recipient will receive:
All donations are tax-deductible.
Andatu is one of the world’s “newest” rhinos. He was born early in the morning on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia. His father's name is Andalas. He was born at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 13, 2001 and came to Indonesia when he was six years old. His mother, Ratu, was born in Way Kambas National Park, but wandered outside the park’s boundaries, had to be rescued, and was brought to the Sanctuary in 2005. Andatu's name is a combination of his mother's and father's names, but it is also short for an Indonesian term that means a “Gift from God." Andatu is the first rhino ever born in captivity in Indonesia, and perhaps only the eighth Sumatran rhino born in captivity anywhere in the world. He's rambunctious, cute, and near and dear to our hearts!
Bina, a 26-year-old female, is one of the last Sumatran rhinos to be captured and relocated within Indonesia. Bina was born in Sumatra’s Bengkulu Province, where this species was once abundant. However, by the 1980s, little habitat remained for rhinos following the establishment of several villages, a large oil palm plantation and a logging concession. Bina and the few other rhinos still living in the area were essentially stranded, with no chance for survival in the wild, and so they were rescued in 1991.
Bina is the oldest female at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and the second oldest of her specie in captivity after Ipuh, Andalas’s father, who resides at the Cincinnati Zoo. Bina has been at the sanctuary since its inception in 1998. Of all the rhinos there, she is the most shy and solitary, but she gets along equally well with other rhinos and people. We are hopeful that Bina will still produce a calf and are working with reproductive specialists towards that goal.
Ratu originally made her home along the border of Way Kambas National Park, where she came into contact with local villagers. Because of her dark coloration, villagers mistook Ratu for a large pig and tried to kill her, but luckily she ran away and escaped harm. A team of rangers, keepers and veterinarians was dispatched to find and protect Ratu, and to guide her safely to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary where she could experience a natural habitat while remaining safe from humans.
Ratu, believed to be about 14 years old, became a mother for the first time on June 23rd, 2012! Ratu and her male calf are doing fine so far.
Ratu used to be notorious for being difficult – at least as far as rhinoceroses go! She was the hardest to handle, the trickiest from which to take blood, and the most difficult to maneuver from place to place. When she gave birth to Andalas in June 2012, Ratu turned into a focused, attentive mother who eagerly interacts with her calf and her highly skilled keepers – Sugiyono, Iswanto and Gocek. Although Ratu weighs 220 pounds less than her mate, Andalas, she is strong and fast, and can easily outrun him if she needs some personal space.
Beginning in late 2003, Rhino Protection Units working in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park began receiving reports from local villagers that a young Sumatran rhino, Rosa, had been observed walking along roads and browsing for vegetation. Most Sumatran rhinos are very shy and solitary, but this unique rhinoceros was comfortable living and feeding in close proximity to people. A special protection unit was permanently assigned to observe and protect this unusual animal who they named "Rosa" , as there were serious concerns that Rosa’s habituation to humans could put her at risk. Eventually Rosa was transferred to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park where she could be better protected and may one day reproduce.
Rosa had adapted well to her life at the sanctuary and still exhibits all of the behaviors that make her so unique. Because she is habituated to humans, Rosa regularly takes long walks in the forest with sanctuary staff. She is a particularly loud rhino, and often vocalizes, especially when people are close by, or when her regular feeding time is approaching. Rosa also likes to “sing” when she is happily wallowing in the mud.