(LinkAsia: June 29, 2012)
Over in Indonesia, the country is celebrating a very special birth. The baby's name is Andatu. He was born after an 18-month pregnancy and weighed about 60 pounds. Andatu is one of about 200 critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros. He’s only the fifth Sumatran rhino to be born in captivity. And NHK explains that his birth gives symbolic and literal hope to a species struggling to survive.
NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: June 26, 2012
Indonesia's forestry minister announced the arrival of the baby rhino on Monday. The male calf was born two days earlier in a national park on the island of Sumatra. He’s named Andatu, from the Indonesian words meaning "gift from God." The last time a Sumatran rhino was born in captivity in Asia was 1889.
Zulkifli Hasan, Indonesian Forestry Minister:
The rhino birth will be a milestone for the conservation of the Sumatran rhinoceros and is expected to increase confidence in the international community and government efforts to conserve endangered species in Indonesia, especially rhinos.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates that there are just 200 wild Sumatran rhinos left in Indonesia and Malaysia. The organization lists them as critically endangered.
By the way, did you know that you can adopt a Javan rhino? The World Wide Fund for Nature offers a Basic Adoption Package for just $30. You can’t actually take the rhino home with you, but your money will help support it. And if you really want to make a difference, you can buy the Platinum Adoption Package for $12,000. It includes a lot of perks, including an eight-day trip to see your foster rhino.