Indonesia: Sumatran rhino’s first birthday signals hope for species
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Indonesia: Sumatran rhino’s first birthday signals hope for species

HER birth was historic. The first Sumatran rhino to be born at an Indonesian facility in more than 128 years, Delilah turned one last week, an encouraging milestone for the survival of her species.

A year ago, Delilah’s mother Ratu delivered her second healthy calf at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park – adding to an extremely endangered population of only around 100 rhinos left in Indonesia.

Delilah’s birthday has produced the #KadoUntukDelilah or “gift for Delilah” campaign online, aiming to raise awareness and encourage action to help save the Sumatran rhino.

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Delilah and her mother Ratu. Source: Twitter @KementerianLHK

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“She’s absolutely adorable, and we haven’t stopped smiling since the moment we were sure she was alive and healthy,” said International Rhino Foundation director Dr Susie Ellis at the time of Delilah’s birth. Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo personally named her.

“While one birth does not save the species, it’s one more Sumatran rhino on Earth.”

Di balik pagar listrik, badak-badak dibesarkan dan dirawat di kawasan hutan alam Taman Nasional Way Kambas. Program in-situ captive breeding merupakan salah satu upaya yang dilakukan dalam konservasi badak. Perjalanan panjang yang mengerahkan usaha besar dari berbagai pihak mulai dari pemerintah hingga lapisan masyarakat, baik nasional maupun internasional, akhirnya mulai membuahkan hasil dan mampu membuktikan bahwa kita bisa memenuhi capaian dengan strategi yang kini dijalankan. Dua anak badak telah lahir di Suaka Rhino Sumatera, yaitu Andatu dan adiknya Delilah yang sedang berulang tahun ke-1 hari ini. Momen ulang tahun Delilah dirayakan hari ini, salah satunya sebagai bentuk mensyukuri kerja keras dari program kolaboratif ini. Delilah, a gift from God. Tetapi perjalanan masih panjang, masih banyak PR, dan tentu semuanya masih butuh komitmen dan dukungan para pihak untuk menciptakan habitat yang aman, adanya darah-darah baru badak sumatera, dan lahirnya anak badak sebanyak-banyaknya. Fight for rhino! #HUTBadakDelilah2017 #kadountukdelilah #konservasibadak #sumatranrhino #timbadak

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The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary is home to seven rhinos who are part of an intensive breeding and research program. The animals reside in large, open areas where they can experience a natural rainforest habitat while still receiving veterinary care and nutrition.

“Delilah is the second Sumatran rhino born at the sanctuary [after her brother Andatu]. Her birth shows our commitment to ensure the growth of the rhino population,” said Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia director Noviar Andayani on Tuesday, as quoted by The Jakarta Globe.

“We’re trying hard to get Delilah and her family back to their natural habitat in Sumatra and Kalimantan.”

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“She is so special because, as a female, she will be able to bear children. We hope Delilah will grow up and become a mother,” said Widodo Ramono of the Indonesian Rhino Foundation.

The rhino population of Indonesia is small and fragmented as the result of habitat destruction and poaching by hunters who seek to sell their valuable horns.