Mon February 18, 2013
Zoo mourns loss of endangered rhino
The most prolific Sumatran rhino in captivity has died. Here's the Cincinnati Zoo's statement on the death of Ipuh:
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the loss of one of the world’s most famous endangered Sumatran rhinos - “Ipuh.” The male rhino, who was believed to be at least 33 years old, has lived at the Cincinnati Zoo for the past 22 years and sired three calves, Andalas (2001), Suci (2004) and Harapan (2007). In 2001, years of breakthrough research by scientists at the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) resulted in the first captive birth of a Sumatran rhino since the 19th century. Since then, Ipuh sired more offspring than any other Sumatran rhino in captivity, making him the most prolific captive male Sumatran rhino in history. Just this past year, Ipuh became a grandfather when his first-born calf, Andalas, became a father at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia.