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Baby eastern black rhinoceros at England’s Chester Zoo

Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

England’s Chester Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals, and the youngest of those is this 4-day-old female eastern black rhinoceros.  (She’s so young that she doesn’t even have a name yet.)

Black rhinoceroses — of which there are four subspecies, including the eastern black rhino — are listed as critically endangered.  It’s estimated that slightly more than 4,000 remain, although the species has rebounded slightly since its lowest point in the early 1990s.

As recently as 1970, there were an estimated 65,000 black rhinos in Africa.  By 1992, only 2,300 remained — a 96% drop, due largely to poaching, according to the International Rhino Foundation.

With such a severe population crisis, any new black rhino birth is cause for celebration!  More photos of the Chester Zoo’s latest addition after the jump.

Source: Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2009.


Zambia Receives Five Black Rhinos From Country

As part of a relocation agreement between South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, five black rhinos were flown to Zambia on Wednesday.

Black rhinos are highly endangered and four of the five animals were selected from South Africa’s flagship game reserve, the Kruger National Park.

“This translocation shows that we are definitely committed to regional conservation and are certainly not xenophobic when it comes to creating more habitat for Africa’s endangered species,” said the Kruger’s managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize.

According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which has banned all international trade of rhino parts and products, there are less than 4 000 black rhinos in the wild today.

Most are found in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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