A rare black rhino was born at Potter Park Zoo, making the New Year occasion of the employees become extremely meaningful events.
“It’s a boy!” The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan, welcomed ablack rhino calf into the world this week — a true gift just in time for Christmas.
According to the zoo, the birthmarks the first time one of these rare rhino has been born there in its 100-year history. The zoo’s 12-year-old female black rhino, gave birth to her first calf on Christmas Eve.
His mother is Doppsee – a 12-year-old black rhino. Currently, the boy has no name, but immediately attracted the attention of the online community. Only 1.5 hours after birth, it stood up, becoming a true star of this zoo.
The species is currently listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List, as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. In Africa now there are only about 5,000 individuals left in the wild, and that’s been improved. Because 20 years ago, the figure fell below 2,500, pushing the species to the brink of extinction.
“As this is Doppsee’s first pregnancy, the animal care, and veterinary staff will continue to monitor Doppsee and her calf closely in the next few weeks,” said Potter Park Zoo veterinarian Dr. Ronan Eustace. “But so far, the rhino calf appears healthy and we have observed frequent nursing shortly after the birth, which is encouraging.”
The newly born rhino is part of the rhino conservation program of the American Zoo Association, which includes members of the AZA Institute, to help the animal recover early in the wild. Currently, there are about 50 black rhinoceros in the zoo of AZA, and one of them is Phineus – the male rhino has been to Potter Park zoo to “husband” of Doppsee.
It is estimated that every year, less than 2 black rhinos are born in captivity. So, this event really means a lot, and it makes the zoo’s Christmas day truly unforgettable.