EXPIRED: 09/05/09 – Emi, 21. One of nine Sumatran rhinos living in captivity (there are only 200 remaining in the wild). Along with her mate, Ipuh, she has been the only of her species bred successfully. She leaves behind a 5 year old daughter, Suci.
Friends from the Cincinnati Zoo grew very attached to Emi, and for good reason. She used to paint pictures for her fans and for charity.
Emi produced three calves at the zoo, including Andalas, born in 2001, the first Sumatran rhino bred and born in captivity since 1889. Upon her death, Emi’s eggs were harvested in hopes that future in-vitro fertilization might help the endangered species.