It's a Rhino!
Meet Delila, the newest addition to our Sumatran rhino family
In the early hours of 12 May 2016, a very special bundle of joy came into the world.
Her name is Delila – meaning “gift from god” in Arabic. And she certainly is a gift to her species, for Delila is a Sumatran rhino calf, one of the rarest mammals on the planet.
Less than 100 Sumatran rhinos are left in Indonesia. Once roaming across much of south eastern Asia, poaching and habitat loss fuelled by palm oil and pulp consumption, has led to a critical decline in their numbers.
Today, hope for the long-term survival of her species rests with Delila – and her growing Sumatran rhino family.
Meet the family
Rhino Mum Ratu
Ratu was born in the wild in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. In 2005 she found herself wandering outside the wildnerness and into local villages. That’s when the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary stepped in, and brought her to safety. Since then she has lived at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and given birth to a baby boy – Andatu – and the new little girl – Delila. In the run up to the birth, Ratu made sure she had plenty of energy by eating lots of the right kind of food: fresh, healthy browse.
Rhino Dad Andalas
Andalas was born and raised in Cincinnati Zoo. At the time of his birth, he was the first Sumatran rhino species born in captivity in more than a century. In 2007, Andalas moved home and went back to his roots – joining the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia as part of an ambitious new breeding plan to conserve the species. So far, so good!
Big Brother Andatu
Named after both his parents, Andatu was born on June 23, 2012 after Andalas and Ratu mated in 2011. Sumatran rhinos have a 16-month pregnancy. Now aged four, Andatu has become a big brother for the first time. Still a young man himself, Andatu will reach sexual maturity at around seven.
Little Delila gives new hope for this incredible species. Born healthy, she enjoys her mum’s milk and a spot of fruit every now and then for breakfast. Like most Sumatran rhinos, she has a layer of hair all over her body. The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, had the honour of naming her. His choice means “gift of god” in Arabic.
How you can help
Babies are expensive and we want to do everything we can to give Delila the best start in life. Can you buy a present for Delila?
New Maternity Pen
Even though Sumatran Rhino are our smallest rhino species they are still huge! Ratu weighed in at an impressive 590kg at her last check up! So both Mum and Baby need plenty of space.
Mum Ratu can eat up to 45kg of rhino food in one day, and this was before she also needed to produce plenty of milk for Delila. According to Ratu’s keepers, one of her favourite pregnancy cravings was sliced watermelon.
Like all new mothers and babies, Ratu and Delila are having regular check-ups and treatment when needed to stay healthy.
A New Closed Circuit TV System
Sumatran rhinos like their privacy and in the wild they live solitary lifestyles. Our new CCTV system helps give Ratu and Delila all the bonding time they need without compromising safety.
A New Radio System
Ratu’s team of expert carers and vets need to be in regular communication with each other to make sure all is going well. The remote Way Kambas National Park which gives home to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary has very poor mobile reception, so digital radios are essential.
The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary is a 250-acre safe haven for rhinos inside Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. At the Sanctuary, the rhinos live in large, natural rainforest habitats and benefit from veterinary care, nutrition and protection, with the aim of learning more about the species and increasing its wild population for generations to come. Find out more here.