Harapan release Cincinnati Zoo

The last Sumatran rhino in the entire western hemisphere has officially arrived in Indonesia to help save his species from extinction.

The 8-year-old hero, Harapan (“Hope” in Indonesian), left Ohio and traveled nearly 10,000 miles to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary at Way Kambas National Park–and officials expect he is ready to save the day.

Fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos are left in the wild, yet only a handful of zoos and sanctuaries have been working to improve captive breeding programs to help keep the species alive.

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The Cincinnati Zoo is the only one in the world to have successfully bred the rare rhino.

Harapan was born at the zoo eight years ago in a program that has provided some of the most important breakthroughs in Sumatran rhino breeding.

The zoo’s discoveries have been in practice at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary since at least 2007 when Harapan’s brother, Andalas, was flown there from Cincinnati to become part of the breeding program.

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The sanctuary announced in September that Andalas has successfully bred with one of the female rhinos in the herd.

Photo released by Cincinnati Zoo

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