VIDEO A British zoo celebrates the birth of a baby black rhino, an endangered species

VIDEO A British zoo celebrates the birth of a baby black rhino, an endangered species

Staff at Chester Zoo, located in northern England, welcomed the birth of a baby eastern black rhinoceros, a critically endangered animal species.

Baby black rhinoceros at Chester Zoo in EnglandPhoto: Jam Press / Jam Press / Profimedia

Zuri gave birth to a baby girl on November 12 at 14.45 at the end of a 15-month gestation, reports the DPA and PA Media agencies on Thursday, quoted by Agerpres.

Experts said it was “quite unusual” for the cub to be born during the day, but it gave staff the chance to capture the moment on camera.

The eastern black rhinoceros is on the list of critically endangered species prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

As a result, there is a high possibility that this species will become extinct in the wild, where there are less than 600 specimens in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

“We’ve been eagerly awaiting the birth of the rhino for 15 months and it’s quite unusual for a rhino to give birth during the day, we didn’t expect it to happen right in front of our eyes while we went about our business.” said Emma Evison, head of the rhino team.

“The fact that we were able to witness the birth of the baby right in front of our eyes was simply the most incredible honor. The most important thing now, in these early days, is that mother Zuri and the newborn young have spent more time getting closer and trying to get to know each other. So far the two have been inseparable and the little one is feeding regularly and has already grown in size and weight. The chick is very curious and full of energy and that is wonderful , that we can observe this,” she added.

Why are rhinoceros hunted and poached?

Emma Evison said rhinos are hunted and poached for their horns, which are used in the Asian market in traditional medicine.

Conservation efforts led to a small increase in the number of rhinos in Africa in 2023, marking the first increase in over a decade.

“The birth of this baby is a new step in the conservation of the species, which is exactly what the program for the conservation of endangered species in European zoos, of which we are also a part, is trying to do. The program has already been a great success after a group of rhinos raised in zoos in Europe were moved to a protected national park in Africa,” added Emma Evison.

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