US zoo to breed Sumatran rhino siblings, unless Indonesia captures more
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a desperate bid to preserve a critically endangered species, a US zoo is taking the controversial step of trying to mate brother and sister captive Sumatran rhinoceroses.
The coupling of six-year-old Harapan and his older sister Suci could take place as early as August at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, animal keepers say.
The tactic has stirred strong emotions, but Ms Terri Roth, director of the Lindner Centre for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, said she has no other choice.
"We are in a really tough spot and we just don't have any other options," she told AFP.