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US-born endangered Sumatran rhino arrives in ancestral home of Indonesia on mission to mate

  • An 8-year-old male  Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) sits inside a travel crate as it is prepared to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    An 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) sits inside a travel crate as it is prepared to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers load a travel crate containing an 8-year-old male  Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) onto a truck to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Workers load a travel crate containing an 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) onto a truck to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • An 8-year-old male  Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) sits inside a travel crate as it is prepared to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    An 8-year-old male Sumatran rhino named Harapan (hope) sits inside a travel crate as it is prepared to be transported to Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra Island, upon arrival at the cargo terminal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere. Harapan was brought to the country on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

A U.S.-born Sumatran rhino has arrived in its ancestral home of Indonesia after a long flight from Cincinnati, Ohio, where it had lived at the city's zoo as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere.

The 8-year-old male, Harapan, was brought to Indonesia on a mission to mate to help preserve his critically endangered species from extinction.

Harapan arrived Sunday at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport in a special travel crate aboard a Cathay Pacific jet. He continued his trip in a truck to the seaport of Merak and was to be ferried to Sumatra island.

The Sumatran rhino's numbers have been decimated over the past 50 years by rampant poaching for horns and destruction of forests by farmers, illegal loggers and palm oil plantation companies.