Grandfather Sumatran Rhino

Andatu, the offspring of Ratu, a wild-born female Sumatran rhino, and Andalas, a male born here at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2001, is thriving at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia.  Andalas was sent to the sanctuary in 2007 with hopes that he would sire calves with one or more of the females there.  Since there are fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos living in Indonesia and Malaysia, this successful birth is big news.

Andalas will remain at the sanctuary to continue breeding with the females, so you won’t see him at the Cincinnati Zoo when you visit.  You will, however, be able to see Andalas’ father, Ipuh, and his sister, Suci.

Zookeeper Paul Reinhart was in Sumatra for the June 23, 2012, birth of  Ipuh’s grandcalf and recounts highlights of this historical event in this video: