Hope for Harry: The Story of Harapan the Rhino's Big Trip

Nov 26, 2015

After arriving in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Harapan snacks on a banana with longtime keeper Paul Reinhart who has known Harapan since his birth at the Cincinnati Zoo, and made the 53-hour journey by his side.
Credit courtesy of Emily Maxwell WCPO


Today on the statewide afternoon drive version of All Things Considered on HPR1, during this holiday that includes among the heaviest traveling in the United States, we learn more about the remarkable journey of Harapan, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, and his 10,000 mile, 53-hour trip from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence reports. 

Cincinnati Zoo veterinarian Dr. Jenny Nollman walks with Harapan after arriving at his new home in Sumatra. Dr. Nollman accompanied Harapan, keeper Paul Reinhart, a zoo videographer and a local Cincinnati journalist on the 10,000 mile trip.
Credit courtesy of Paul Reinhart

Happy at home, Harapan peeks out from his 25-acre private forested enclosure in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, after his 10,000 mile, 53-hour trip from the Cincinnati Zoo, where he was born and largely raised. He is eight-years old.
Credit courtesy of Emily Maxwell WCPO

GO RHINO: Hear and see the complete interviews that went into this feature to learn more about Harapan, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and much more relating to all rhinos.

See the complete November 2015 interview with Honolulu Zoo Director Baird Fleming and their two black rhinos, Corky and Satsuki:

See a short documentary video from the Cincinnati Zoo about the trip. 

See a similar video produced by WCPO, Cincinnati, whose journalist Emily Maxwell went along to cover the voyage.