The zoo says that it took about 90 minutes for the male calf to stand up, but since has been nursing well.
"Because this is the first pregnancy Doppi, staff animal care and veterinary care will continue to closely monitor mom and her baby in the next few weeks". And if you're wondering, no, they still haven't named the new baby.
Black Rhinos are listed as critically endangered due to heavy poaching and loss of natural habitat. However, thus far, the rhino calf seems wholesome, and we've noticed frequent nursing shortly after the start, which is encouraging, ' mentioned Potter Park Zoo veterinarian, Dr. Ronan Eustace.
The rhino was born at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.
According to World Wildlife Fund, while efforts to save the population from its low point (the number of black rhinos declined a staggering 98% between the960 and 1995 to 2,500), the species is still threatened by poaching for their two horns.
The zoo's new calf was bred as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan program, which aids population management and conservation within AZA member institutions.
'This is a monumental moment for Potter Park Zoo that has taken our staff years of planning and hard work, ' director Cynthia Wagner said. "We are dedicated to conserving rhinos and couldn't be more excited about this successful black rhino birth". The baby's father, Phineus, was transferred to Potter Park from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, in 2017. Conservationists are delighted, as black rhinos are an endangered species and births in captivity are rare.
Good news on Christmas!