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Eastern black rhino calf born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

August 23, 2018

Eastern black rhino calf born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An eastern black rhino calf was born over the weekend at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the second birth of a rhino calf at the zoo this year.

Zoo officials say the calf was born Sunday to Inge, a 25-year-old eastern black rhino. The father is Forrest.

“We’re very excited to welcome our second eastern black rhino calf born here at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this year,” Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Christopher Kuhar says in a news release. “We hope these significant births inspire guests to learn more about this critically endangered species and how they can help protect eastern black rhinos in the wild.”

It is the fifth calf for Inge. In February, an eastern black rhino named Kibibbi gave birth to Lulu. Inge is the mother of Kibibbi as well.

Overall, seven eastern black rhinos have been born at the zoo.

Zoo officials say Inge and her new calf will not be visible to the public initially so they can be monitored and encouraged to form a bond. Both are doing well so far, officials say.

The zoo has a new rhino video camera showing the rhino yard, but Inge and her calf will not be in the yard for a few weeks.  Less than 750 eastern black rhinos remain in the wild, their numbers reduced primarily by poaching and habitat loss. 

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