Sumatran Rhino Loses Baby

Ratu the Sumatran rhino

Photo of Ratu by Yayasan Badak Indonesia.

A few weeks ago we reported on the pregnancy of Ratu, an endangered Sumatran rhino. We are saddened to learn today that her pregnancy was lost. Ratu had mated with Andalas, a captive-born Sumatran rhino, three years after Andalas moved to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia from the United States.

Dr. Susie Ellis, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation said in a press release, “This is not unusual for a rhino’s first pregnancy.” She added that they are hopeful in this pairing because the two rhinos did produce a pregnancy.

Sumatran rhinos are extremely endangered. There are currently approximately 200 in the wild and 10 in captivity.

Read our previous post about Ratu and Andalas here.

Aviation Authority Helps Zoo

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority in Florida has teamed up with the Jacksonville Zoo to provide tree clippings and shrubbery (also known as “browse”)  to the zoo’s animals. The area around the airport offers natural vegetation year round that will supplement the diets of the zoo’s giraffes, okapis, great apes, and elephants.

According to Michael Stewart, JAA’s Director of External Affairs, “This partnership is going to make a tremendous impact to the amount of healthy browse needed by our local zoo. We’re pleased that we can provide the zoo access to property that meets their need to supply an enriched diet of seasonal trees and shrubs to such a variety of animals.”

Next time you’re at the zoo, you just might see a giraffe or an elephant eating leaves from the airport!

Elephants eating clippings at Jacksonville Zoo