April 7, 2020

Authorities provide update on Pahu, the Sumatran rhino

JAKARTA ( - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister, among other top priorities, has ordered the continuing prioritization of the health and fitness of Pahu, a female Sumatran rhino at the Kelian Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in East Kalimantan's West Kutai regency.

"With regard to Pahu, the latest update from the field shows that she is in very good health and living life as usual," Minister Nurbaya explained in writing to (Apr 6). 

"Even in this COVID-19 situation, it is still a priority for Pahu to get the highest level of attention and treatment," she said.

"We all hope that Pahu stays healthy," she added. 

The recent photos below depict part of Pahu's daily life at the Kelian Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. At the time this news story was posted, the health condition of the female Sumatran rhino was very good.

Ongoing close monitoring

The Ministry's Nature Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Director General Wiratno (Apr 6) confirmed that all aspects of Pahu’s life continue to be monitored, including and especially her health and food needs. 

“All possible obstacles in the field continue to be discussed by my team to ensure the solutions will be in place. They also continue to coordinate with me,” he added.  

Director General Wiratno also expressed his deep gratitude to all the relevant stakeholders who have joined forces with the ministry’s team in the field, especially the medical personnel. 

“Pahu continues to be medically examined regularly and in accordance with procedures to ensure that her level of health is maintained and she receives all necessary treatment,” he said.

As previously reported by (Apr 2), Minister Nurbaya has also made it a priority to ensure that wildlife in 81 zoos located in 20 provinces have all their daily needs fulfilled during this difficult COVID-19 period.