Harapan has been at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) for one year and is doing great. Cincinnati Zoo’s CREW scientists are at SRS right now to collect genetic samples from Harapan and his brother Andalas, both born in Cincinnati, to freeze for future use. The global collaboration includes SRS staff, CREW and a veterinarian from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia. Go Team Rhino! #HopeforHarry
Cincinnati Zoo’s CREW team had a productive three-day visit at SRS. Important reproductive techniques were shared with the SRS vets and keepers, and collection procedures confirmed that Harapan is fertile. His brother, Andalas, is the only proven breeder on the planet and also lives at SRS with 3 adult females and his 2 offspring. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left, so successful breeding by SRS is key to their survival.