Rare Black Rhino Born at St. Louis Zoo From First Time Parents Kati Rain and Ajabu

By on Jan 27, 2011 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments

A rare black rhinoceros calf was reportedly born on January 14, 2011 at St. Louis Zoo. The newborn calf was said to be the first of its kind to be born in the zoo in 20 years.

According to reports, the calf weighs 120.5 pounds and was born to first-time parents, mother Kati Rain and father Ajabu which are both 6 years old.

Kati Rain was said to be from Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas, and Ajabu from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Black rhinoceros were said to be critically endangered and in order to preserve their species, a total of 60 black rhinos were housed at 38 North American zoos.

Reports said that the numbers of black rhinoceros have declined more drastically than any rhino species. It is because in many Asian countries, it is thought that the rhinos’ horn has medicinal uses.

Below are some images of the baby rhino and Kati Rain spending time together in an off-display barn behind the scenes in River’s Edge.

Kati Rain and Baby calf
Image Credit: Saint Louis Zoo/Ouramazingplanet.com

Kati Rain and Baby calf
Image Credit: Saint Louis Zoo/Ouramazingplanet.com



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