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Zoo Hoping To Mate Rhino Sibling To Save Species
CINCINNATI ZOO (WKRC-TV)- A last ditch effort is underway at the Cincinnati Zoo to save a species of rhinos that is on the brink of extinction.
There are only about 100 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world.
Now conservationists are trying to breed two of those rhinos at the zoo.
6-year old male Harapan and his 9-year old sister, Suci, are the two Sumatran Rhinos at the zoo and the only two left on the continent.
The entire wildlife community is country on Harapan and Suci to repopulate and save the species.
"There are a lot of conservationalists out there who believe it's most important to save the species," said Terri Roth of the Cincinnati Zoo, "And we can tolerate a little bit of inbreeding if that's what it takes to bring the species back."
Experts are calling it a crisis. They've tried everything including artificial insemination, but so far nothing has worked.
Inbreeding among animals is unconventional, but not unheard of.
There's no guarantee the two rhinos will even try to mate. Zoo officials say the plan is to put them together and let nature take its course.
Terri says the Sumatran Rhino is an isolated species that poses no threat to the ecosystem.