In between her busy schedule, Rosida Idriss made a brief stop recently at the SRS Way Kambas to see Torgamba skeletal structure, which was completed towards the latter part of 2015 – Torgamba died on April 24th 2011. The project was funded by donations from Rai Seafoods [Rosida Idriss], the shrimp farming community of Lampung, M&S (UK retailer) and Young’s Seafood Limited.
“This is a very proud moment for everyone who participated in the project. By having the skeletal structure located at the visitor’s centre, where visitors will be able to see the structure of this endangered species close up” commented Rosida, whilst visiting the centre.
SRS is now home to 6 Sumatran Rhinos, with the latest addition being Harapan, who arrived from Cincinnati Zoo last November. Currently weighing in at 768kg, Harapan is quickly adjusting to his new environment. Rosida had a guided tour with the Facilities Manager, Mr. Sumardi, who was also accompanied by the resident veterinarians, Dr. Zulfi Arsan and Dr. Made Ferawati, and saw Harapan for the first time. One striking difference between Harapan and the other male Rhinos (Andalas and Andatu), is that Harapan is by far bigger and hairier for his age. Harapan is expected to become the male lead rhino for the breeding programme.
Andatu’s mother, Ratu, is now expecting her second child and will give birth sometime in April. Andatu was born in June 2012, the first Sumatran Rhino to be born in its native captivity after 120 years.
SRS would like to thank Rosida and the shrimp farming community of Lampung for their continued donations and support.