CINCINNATI (AP) -- A congressman who chairs the House subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific wants to see more U.S.-Indonesian cooperation in efforts to save critically endangered Sumatran (SOO'-mah-trun) rhinos.
Republican Rep. Steve Chabot (SHAH'-but) of Ohio met with conservationists Monday at the Cincinnati Zoo. He also visited the male and female siblings that are the last two Sumatran rhinos in the United States. The Cincinnati Zoo has said it will try to mate them in an effort to revitalize its captive breeding program, but would prefer to have rhinos from Indonesia.
Three Sumatran rhinos have been born at the Cincinnati Zoo in a little more than a decade, but their parents have died. The oldest, a male, was shipped to Indonesia and last year mated successfully with a wild-born rhino there.