Sumatran Rhinoceros Siblings to be Mated

Sumatran Rhinoceros Siblings to be Mated

Sumatran rhinoceroses are said to be categorized under critically endangered species. In order to save them, Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, is going to take a controversial action.

They will try to mate siblings of Sumatran rhinoceroses. Zoo authorities were of the view that Harapan, 6, will be made to mate with its elder sister, Suci. It has been found that mating can take place in August.

When asked from Terri Roth, Director of the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, she confirmed the matter. And, affirmed that she has no other option except the announced one.

She continued by affirming that the condition is such that they do not have any other option. There are less than 100 Sumatran rhinos available in the wild in places in Indonesia and Malaysia. Figures get even grimmer when it was found that there are just 10 Sumatran rhinos in captivity across the globe.

Zoo authorities were of the view that Suci who is going to celebrate her nine birthday next week has no other suitor expect Harapan.

"Unless Indonesia were to capture more animals and an unrelated male became available to us, we don't have the genetic diversity that we need", said Roth.

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