Matchmaking in works for Ohio zoo’s Sumatran rhino

CINCINNATI (AP) — Animal conservationists at the Cincinnati Zoo are happy about potential matchmaking for their lone female Sumatran rhino with a Malaysian male.

Wildlife officials in the southeast Asian nation say they will try to capture a wild female rhino to breed with a male in captivity in the effort to save the rapidly dwindling species. But if that doesn’t work within a year, they are willing to ship the male to Cincinnati for breeding.

Terri Roth heads the zoo’s Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife and calls the news from Malaysia thrilling.

Three Sumatran rhinos have been born at zoo. The oldest last year fathered one in Indonesia after being sent there.

The Cincinnati Zoo has plans to try to mate its remaining male and female, even though they are siblings.

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