Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same material found in your hair and fingernails.

Rhinos Research

The work of one scientist at the Cincinnati Zoo showed promise. Terri Roth and her team developed ways of handling the rhinos that made their work more successful. In 2001, a captive rhino named Emi gave birth to a calf. They named him Andalas. He became the first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in 112 years. Now he lives in Sumatra.

The newest rhino is named Pahu. She was removed from the wild and transported to a sanctuary in Borneo.

Emi nibbles on leaves with her baby at the Cincinnati Zoo, U.S.A.

Pahu’s Rescue

Veterinarians guided Pahu into a crate. The crate was then loaded onto a truck. Heavy rains filled the roads with debris. So, a local company sent a bulldozer to clear the way. Pahu was given a police escort to a safe place.

At the sanctuaries, each animal lives in its own section of rainforest. Pahu will be given time to settle in to her new home. Plans continue to find other rhinos in the wild, too.

For now, Pahu’s rescue marks another major step in rescuing the Sumatran rhino. The work is slow, but promising.

At the sanctuary, each rhino lives in its own section of rainforest.