Black rhinoceros born in Kansas’ Garden City zoo
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A rare black rhinoceros has been born in captivity at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City.
The male rhino was born Wednesday to 10-year-old Johari and her 7-year-old mate Jabari, the zoo said in a news release. The pair were moved from zoos in Cleveland and Atlanta in 2016 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Eastern Black Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan.
Mother and baby will be kept indoors for bonding and until weather conditions are appropriate for them to venture outside, the release said.
“Staff will be monitoring the calf’s growth and other developmental milestones as well as mom’s recovery and maternal behavior,” the release said.
Eastern black rhinos are native to eastern Africa and are listed as critically endangered. Western black rhinos were declared extinct in 2011.
— As of 2019, black rhino population was reported to be just 5,500, down from an estimated 70,000 in the late 1960s.
— Black rhinos have a prehensile, or hooked, lip to help pull leaves off of branches.
— Black rhinos stand 4.5 to 6 feet tall at the shoudler, roughly the same as an adult human.
— The species is referred to as black rhinos due to the dark color of the mud that the animals wallow in, as well as to help differentiate them from white rhinos, which are notably lighter in color.
— On average, black rhinos will live between 35-50 years.
— Rhinos spend over a third of the day eating in order to sustain their mass.