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Endangered black rhino born at Lincoln Park Zoo

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Updated: October 2, 2013 6:48AM



The Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest addition is one big baby — a 60-pound black rhino calf.

The calf, a male, was born Monday and is the first eastern black rhinoceros born at Lincoln Park Zoo since 1989, the zoo announced Thursday.

The calf and his 8-year-old mother, Kapuki, are doing “wonderfully,” curator of mammals Mark Kamhout said in a statement. The calf joins three adult black rhinos, including his mother, at the zoo.

“The calf divides his time between nursing, following mom around, and napping, and that is exactly what a baby rhino should be doing,” Kamhout said.

Black rhinos are critically endangered and a target for poachers. There are only about 5,000 left in the wild. They were on the brink of extinction in the 1990s because their horns are valued by poachers for medicinal purposes, the statement from the zoo said.

A public debut has not yet been set for the calf. He and his mother, who gave birth for the first time, will continue bonding behind the scenes at the zoo’s rhino habitat for the next couple of weeks.

Kapuki was recommended for breeding with 27-year-old Maku by the Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.



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