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Rare Sumatran Rhino On Brink Of Extinction

Updated: Monday, December 30 2013, 03:51 PM EST
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Conservationists have launched a last ditch effort at the Cincinnati Zoo to save a
species on the brink of extinction. There are only about 100 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world. The only two left on the North American continent are here at the Cincinnati Zoo, but they are brother and sister.

The entire wildlife
community is counting on Harapan and Suci to repopulate and save the
species. Zoo officials say inbreeding among animals is unconventional,
but it's not unheard of.

"It's not
particularly common and in most situations, individuals tend to avoid
doing it..but it does happen occasionally" says Terri Roth of the Cincinnati Zoo,
"we're extremely concerned about genetic diversity and maintaining
genetic diversity and so this is very out of the ordinary for us to be
doing, so it just shows how desperate we are right now.."

There's no
guarantee the two rhinos will even try to mate. Zoo officials say the
plans to put them together and let nature take its course.Rare Sumatran Rhino On Brink Of Extinction

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