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Adopt a Rhino

A great gift for Christmas, birthdays or just because you care. The Asian Rhino Project "Adopt a Rhino" fundraising program. You can help us save the Sumatran rhino by adopting a rhino today - with two great packages to choose from: the Basic Package or Deluxe Package.

Emi and her first born Andalas wallowing at Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by David Jenike courtest of Cincinnati Zoo, USA

Adoption and Captive Breeding

Over the past 10 years, just 5 Sumatran rhino have been bred in captivity; 3 at the Cincinnati Zoo, USA and 2 at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary  (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra. These adorable calves are part of a global breeding program for the species. With so many of the wild Sumatran Rhino populations in areas of suitable habitats facing imminent poaching danger, we are forced to resort to the establishment of secure healthy captive populations in sanctuaries. Here, they are better protected and provide insurance for the survival of the species. With the recent success of both the Cincinnati and SRS breeding programs scientists feel they have learnt a lot more about this species and it's captive requirements. This new breeding success has brought hope and demonstrated a real potential for future captive breeding success.

Breeding Sumatran Rhinos can be risky as they can become very aggressive when paired if the female is not receptive. The Sumatran Rhino are believed to be induced ovulators, meaning that they will only ovulate when mated. The scientists at Cincinnati Zoo have found that by monitoring progesterone levels and conducting regular ultrasound procedures to monitor follicle growth, they were able to pin point the precise time to introduce the pair for mating. The usual tell-tale signs of rhino oestrus are not as visual as other species and very hard to detect through behavioral changes between the two. These rhino are also very solitary animals, and are only compatible when the female is in full oestrus. If this oestrus in not detected at the right time, the breeding will not be successful and the rhino can be injured.

All funds raised through the Asian Rhino Project rhino adoption program will be used to support the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in the Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra.

What you get:

With each adoption you will receive an attractive adoption certificate complete with photograph of your chosen rhino plus information on your rhino and the program - great for the wall!

If you choose the Deluxe Package you will also receive six monthly newsletters and personalised update on your rhino, plus a soft toy! Our most popular gift package.

There are currently 7 rhino at the SRS - 2 adult males Harapan and Andalas, 3 adult females Rosa, Ratu and Bina, and 2 calves Andatu and Delila, the latest being a female born in May 2016. 

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Andatu- Male Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Andatu is the first Sumatran rhino to be born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, marking a significant milestone for the captive breeding population within Indonesia.

Weighing just 27kg at birth, Andatu now weighs 260kg and continues to amaze his keepers with his growth and development. Andatu spends time in his forest enclosure under the watchful eye of his mother, Ratu, and follows her closely, observing her habits. He likes to join her in the wallow, and eats an impressive 12kg of food a day!

Andalas - Male Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Andalas, the first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in more than 112 years, is the living, breathing result of a groundbreaking research and breeding effort undertaken by American zoos, the Indonesian government, and the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. He is the first in a long line of Sumatran rhinos that hopefully will be bred in captivity and eventually introduced back into the wild to help bolster wild rhino populations.

Andalas now weighs over 1,600 pounds and has fully adapted to his life in the jungle at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. He loves making his own mud wallows to cool down, and has started foraging for plants and twigs himself, rather than always waiting for his keepers to feed him. Andalas has also grown into his role as the sanctuary’s primary breeding male, having reached sexual maturity sometime in early 2008.  Because Andalas’ early interactions with female rhinos were quite aggressive, the SRS staff worked hard to socialize Andalas to the female rhinos by feeding the rhinos their daily diets together through a fence in the central breeding area. After he learned to communicate well with the female rhinos, the keepers and vets began gradually introducing Andalas and female Ratu during appropriate times for breeding. Andalas finally began breeding with Ratu in December 2009, and after only three matings, Ratu became pregnant. Unfortunately she later miscarried the pregnancy – not an unusual occurrence with rhinos – but she and Andalas resumed breeding and successfully had their first calf born in June 2012!

Ratu - Female Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Estimated to be born in 1999, Ratu is the second youngest female Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Unlike the other rhinos at the sanctuary, Ratu (whose name means “queen”) was actually born in Way Kambas National Park, the protected area where the sanctuary is located.

Because she presumably had some experience with male rhinos while living in the wild, Ratu was chosen to be the primary breeding female with the sanctuary’s young male, Andalas. In December 2009, Andalas began successfully mating with Ratu.  The breeding followed months of gradual introduction by scent, sound, sight, and finally, physical proximity.

After just three matings, Ratu fell pregnant. She later miscarried- not unusual in sumatran rhino pregnancies- but fell pregnant again soon after and successfully gave birth to her first calf 'Andatu' in June 2012!

Rosa - Female Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

The name of 'Rosa' was given by Zen Afrial - the RPU member who developed a very close relationship with this unique rhino. Rosa was observed closely and protected by a special team of RPU until she was moved to SRS. Inspired by the Rose flower, the name of 'Rosa' was chosen when Zen observed her one night under a full moon. 

Rosa adapted well to her life at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, and still exhibits all of the behaviours that make her so unique. Because she is so 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 her mud holes.

Unfortunately though, because she is so habituated to humans, it seems that Rosa often prefers the company of her keepers to the company of other rhinos, even after she became mature. Rosa’s keepers have encouraged her to become more independent by giving her more time alone in the forest, and now she often chooses to remain in the forest even when they come near (rather than always standing at the fence and “calling” for her keepers as she used to do). Rosa is sometimes afraid of the male rhino and often tries to run away when he approaches her. The SRS staff continue to work hard to socialize Rosa with the other rhinos at the sanctuary, so that she will begin breeding soon. Scientists are currently looking at artificial insemination techniques for this species of which Rosa will be a good candidate for.

Bina - Female Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Bina is the oldest female at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) estimated to be born around 1985. She has been at the SRS  its inception in 1998.

Of all the rhinos at the sanctuary, Bina is the most shy and solitary, but she does get along well with people, and with the other rhinos. Because of her advanced age, Bina is now nearly post-reproductive, although she is still very interested in the male rhinos at the sanctuary. She often becomes aggressive and begins snorting loudly if she sees or hears another female with one of the male rhinos. Unfortunately she has not been able to produce a calf, however, Bina has made important contributions to the breeding program and continues to help educate people about Sumatran rhinos.