Black Rhino Calf Born at the Saint Louis Zoo (Photos)


Photo credit: Saint Louis Zoo

It's thought that in the 1970s, 65,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. By the mid-1990s, only an estimated 2,300 survived. This dramatic loss is the largest among any rhino species and protecting those that remain against increasingly well financed and organize poachers is difficult.

As bleak as the situation for black rhinos may be, there is still some opportunity for hope. The birth of a black rhino calf at the Saint Louis Zoo—just the eighth ever born in captivity—certainly provides one of those opportunities.

Click through for more photos of the baby rhino!
Photo credit: Saint Louis Zoo

Photo credit: Saint Louis Zoo

Photo credit: Saint Louis Zoo

Photo credit: Saint Louis Zoo
Read more about black rhinos:
Rare Black Rhinos Return Home After 46 Years
Black Rhinos Killed by Dart Guns and Chinese Drugs, All For Their Horns
Rhino Horn Now Worth More Than Gold - And You Wonder Why Poaching Continues...

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