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Zoo raises $13,500 for rare Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia

The Buffalo Zoo took part in a worldwide effort to save an endangered species of Sumatran Rhinos by raising $13,500 to dig a natural well  in Indonesia.

The well, located in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the heart of Way Kambas National Park on the island of Sumatra, will provide water for the rhinos and staff as well as a fire suppression system, said Norah Fletchall, zoo president and CEO.

The sanctuary is home to seven Sumatran rhinos. There are 80 Sumatran rhinos remaining in existence on the island.

Joe Hauser, Buffalo Zoo assistant general curator and president of the International Rhino Keepers Association, has worked to unite zoos in support of the Sumatra rhino rescue. The sanctuary houses three males and four females.

Mohan, a greater one-horned rhino, was born in June at the Buffalo Zoo.

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