Cincinnati Zoo Bids Farewell to Ipuh the Rhino, Welcomes New Baby Gorilla

Feb 18, 2013

One of the Cincinnati Zoo's most famous residents has died.

The zoo says an endangered Sumatran rhino that fathered the first Sumatran rhino calve born in captivity in more than a century died Monday.

The rhino named Ipuh had fathered three calves since 2001, the most ever in captivity.

The zoo estimates that Ipuh was at least 33-years-old and believes he was one of the oldest Sumatran rhinos on record.

Sumatran rhinos are seriously threatened by loss of habitat and poaching. Fewer than 200 live in Indonesia and Malaysia today.

The Cincinnati Zoo says there about 10 in captivity worldwide.

Ipuh had spent the last 22 years at the zoo.

A gorilla born at a South Texas zoo last month is headed to Ohio to be introduced to a troop at a zoo there because the baby's mother has been ignoring her.

Officials from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville have been caring for the yet-unnamed western lowland gorilla born Jan. 29. She will be moved this week to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where experts hope she will bond with two adult female gorillas kept there.

The mother moved to the Gladys Porter Zoo in 2011 as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums species survival breeding plan. The mother was from the Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium but was on a breeding loan transfer from the Cincinnati Zoo.