August 18, 2022

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces birth of a baby rhino

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Friday that 14-yr-old Japanese black rhino Kibibbi gave birth to a woman calf on July 9. They’re both equally performing well.

The new rhino is Kibibbi’s 3rd calf, and her 2nd with male rhino Forrest. The new calf is the only a single of the 3 that presently life at the Cleveland Zoo. A person of the calves was despatched to the Buffalo Zoo more than a year back, and the other went before this yr to the Living Desert Museum, a zoo in Palm Desert, California.

Baby Rhino

Kyle Lanzer

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Cleveland Metroparks

The new newborn rhino stands with her mother Kibibbi at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The Japanese black rhino is a critically endangered species, with less than 750 remaining in the wild thanks to habitat loss and poaching for their horns.

“We won’t reintroduce her back again into the wild,” the zoo’s Executive Director Chris Kuhar explained to Ideastream Public Media. “But what she is is an ambassador. She’s the chance for us to discuss about the conservation messaging. She’s an prospect for us to discuss about illegal wildlife trade, the great importance of preserving rhinos from poaching.”

Even though the calf is performing effectively, people will have to wait around a minor whilst extended to see her. Kibibbi and her calf are currently not on screen, Kuhar mentioned, as they interact in important bonding time. They will most likely be visible to the public by the center of August.

In the meantime, the zoo is inquiring the general public to vote on the calf’s new name. The three selections are Ali, which implies supreme, Anika, this means sweet, and Dalia, which means mild.

The cash elevated as component of the naming vote will assist rhino conservation efforts as a result of the African Wildlife Basis.

Baby Rhino

Kyle Lanzer

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Cleveland Metroparks

Website visitors can now vote for a identify for the little one rhino. Voting closes at the close of the day on August 5.

Kuhar suggests yet another way to assist animal conservation is to steer clear of obtaining animal merchandise abroad.

“When you get to vacation, stay away from purchasing items like shells and rhino horns and factors like that, because that’s actually supporting a harvesting sector,” he explained. “That’s one easy way you can help wildlife.”

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