The Sumatran rhinoceros is not your ordinary rhino. Forest-dwelling with woolly red hair and quite petite (for a rhino), the Sumatran rhino uses its prehensile upper lip to browse on vegetation. It is also the world’s most endangered rhino, suffering from deforestation and poaching for its horn, which some Asian cultures believe has medicinal properties.
The last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemipshere, Eight-year-old male Harapan, moved to Indonesia in the fall of 2015. His departure marks the end of an era for the Cincinnati Zoo’s Sumatran rhino breeding program, the only captive breeding program in the United States to produce calves for this critically-endangered species. Read more.
In 2001, years of breakthrough research by scientists at the
Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation and Research (CREW) resulted in the first Sumatran rhino calf, Andalas, bred and born in captivity in over a century. Since then, two more calves have been born, Suci and Harapan.
Meet a Rhino Zookeeper
The Zoo supports Rhino Protection Units through the International Rhino Foundation, which patrol the forests to deter poachers from hunting rhinos for their horns.
Using their semi-prehensile lips, the Zoo’s rhinos, our very own Rhino Rembrandts, create one-of-a-kind original paintings. By purchasing a painting, you will be supporting rhino conservation worldwide. Order form.