Saturday, Jul 23, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

State

Rhino dies in Cincinnati Zoo

Sumatran female 1 of 10 in captivity worldwide

Endangered-Rhino-Death

Suci, a female Sumatran rhino, sniffs the air in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The zoo said Suci died Sunday, March 30, 2014, after showing symptoms of a disease that killed her mother five years ago.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge

CINCINNATI — The death of the Cincinnati Zoo’s lone female Sumatran rhino has dealt a blow to a breeding program aimed at saving one of the world’s most critically endangered species.

The rhino, named Suci, was one of only 10 in captivity worldwide and died Sunday after showing symptoms of a disease that killed her mother, although zoo officials say it will be months before the final results of a necropsy are available.

The zoo’s breeding effort to mate Suci with a sibling followed a crisis summit in Singapore where conservationists concluded that as few as 100 of the two-horned, hairy rhinos might remain in forests in their native Indonesia and Malaysia. The species has become endangered through loss of forests and poaching of the animals’ horns, which are believed by some Asian cultures to have medicinal properties.

“Suci was a symbol of hope for her entire species, one that is quickly losing ground in the wild, and her absence will leave a hole in our hearts,” said Terri Roth, director of the zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife.

Suci was born in 2004 and was one of three Sumatran rhino calves born at the zoo to mother Emi and father Ipuh. Emi died in 2009 and Ipuh in 2013.

Keepers had hoped to mate Suci with her younger brother, Harapan, who is now the only Sumatran rhino in North America.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…