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It’s A Boy! Black Rhino Calf Born at St. Louis Zoo

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It’s A Boy! Black Rhino Calf Born at St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) It’s a boy! A male black rhinoceros calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on May 17, 2017. Moyo (pronounced MOY-oh), which means “heart” in Swahili, is the second offspring for mother Kati Rain (pronounced Katie Rain) and father Ajabu (pronounced ah-JAH-boo). The little male is nursing well and being cared for […]

It’s A Boy! Black Rhino Calf Born at St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) It’s a boy! A male black rhinoceros calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on May 17, 2017. Moyo (pronounced MOY-oh), which means “heart” in Swahili, is the second offspring for mother Kati Rain (pronounced Katie Rain) and father Ajabu (pronounced ah-JAH-boo). The little male is nursing well and being cared for by his mother, according to the Zoo’s rhino care team. The pair is bonding in their barn behind the scenes in River’s Edge. A date has not yet been set for their public debut.
This is the second black rhino to be born at the Zoo in 26 years and only the tenth in Saint Louis Zoo history.

Kati Rain and Ajabu arrived at the Zoo’s River’s Edge in 2007. Kati Rain is from Sedgwick County Zoo, and Ajabu from San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Both are 13 years old.

The critically endangered black rhino has experienced the most drastic decline of any of the five surviving rhino species. Between 1970 and 1992, the black rhino population in Africa dropped by 96 percent. By 1993, only 2,300 individuals survived in the wild.

Black rhinos are being pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal poaching for their horns, and to a lesser extent by loss of habitat. The horn is falsely believed to be medicine in many Asian cultures. Because of conservationists’ intensive anti-poaching efforts in the 1990s and 2000s, the number of black rhinos in the wild began increasing slowly. However, a resurgence of poaching in recent years is again posing a significant threat to wild rhino populations. Current estimates show 5,055 individual black rhinos are alive in the wild.

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