Care at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

Rain or shine, global pandemic or not, there are still rhinos to take care of at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Out of an abundance of caution, there have been several safety measures put into place to keep staff healthy, but for the rhinos’ daily life, not much has changed. We are so appreciative of the dedication of all staff at the SRS in making sure their animals receive the utmost care and attention, even during these difficult times.

Teams of keepers and vets work at the facility for a two-week rotation to care for the rhinos. Staff sleep at the newly finished dormitory on property and they have all their food and supplies delivered to the front gate. Keepers limit contact with each other as much as possible, wearing masks even in the humid Sumatra heat. When teams switch, there is a deep-cleaning of all the common areas. IRF is funding additional disinfectant stations for staff and vehicles at the sanctuary.

None of these modifications have changed anything for the daily care of rhinos, except maybe getting used to seeing their vets and keepers wear masks. Below are some recent photos of the SRS rhinos, taken by their keepers.

As always, a big thanks to the incredible staff at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary!

To keep up with the rhinos at the SRS, you can sign up for our newsletter and follow YABI on Instagram @badak.indonesia. To help support their care, please consider a virtual adoption.

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