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Rare Rhino Makes Debut At LA Zoo

  Is One Of Only 13 Sumatran Rhinos In Zoos Worldwide

POSTED: 2:40 p.m. PDT August 7, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Zoo had a unique treat on Thursday when a rare Sumatran rhinoceros, the first born at a zoo in 112 years, made his public debut.

The 1,100-pound, reddish-brown rhino named Andalas is one of only about 300 Sumatran rhinos left in the world and one of only 13 in zoos. The Sumatran is considered the most endangered of the five rhinoceros species, a zoo spokesman said.

Andalas was born in September 2001 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. His mother Emi, who had several unsuccessful pregnancies prior to Andalas, was sent to the zoo from Los Angeles on a breeding loan in 1995.

Part of the loan's agreement called for Los Angeles to receive the first calf.

Andalas' birth was the first time a Sumatran calf was born at a zoo since 1889, when a rhino was born at the Calcutta Zoo in India. In the United States, zoos in Cincinnati and the Bronx are the only others to also have the rare breed.

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