Rare Black Rhino Born at Chicago Zoo

One big, bouncing baby boy has arrived at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The critically endangered Eastern black rhinoceros was born on Aug. 26 to first-time mom Kapuki, who’s 8, and dad Maku, who’s 27.

“Mother and baby are both doing wonderfully,” said Mark Kamhout, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “The calf divides his time between nursing, following mom around, and napping, and that is exactly what a baby rhino should be doing.”

The 60-pound calf’s arrival comes after a 15 to 16 month pregnancy for Kapuki. He joins three adult black rhinos at the Chicago zoo.

There are an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild. Their numbers have been decimated due to illegal poaching.


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