One of the rarest mammals in the world recently born in a UK zoo

By TravelWiseNov 29, 2023 21:58 PMNews
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One of the rarest mammals in the world recently born in a UK zoo
Black rhinos (Diceros bicornis). Source: pexels

One of the rarest mammals in the world, a black rhinoceros, was recently born in broad daylight in a zoo in England.

In a press release, employees of Chester Zoo in Cheshire said that the newborn rhino has not received a name yet, but its mother's name is Zuri. This is reported on the Ua.news website.

Experts add that the cub is healthy, well-fed, "very curious and full of energy."

"We've been looking forward to this birth for 15 long months, and as it's quite unusual for a rhino to give birth during the day, we didn't expect it to happen right in front of us as we went about our business," says  Emma Evison, manager of the rhino team at Chester Zoo.

Black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) once numbered tens of thousands in Africa, but today only about 6,500 individuals remain in the wild. Several subspecies are already extinct, and most of the remaining ones are threatened with extinction due to ongoing poaching and habitat loss.

Only recently have eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) been pulled back from the brink of extinction. Zuri and her cub belong to this subspecies.

"Unfortunately, this is a species that has been hunted for its horns for more than a century and then sold on illegal wildlife markets," the experts say. "The appearance of this precious newborn is another positive step in the conservation of the species.

Chester Zoo specialists have been breeding black rhinos for many years, trying to work with other European zoos to preserve a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in Africa.

"Zuri and her new addition are a testament to the unwavering commitment of conservationists in Chester and around the world who are working to preserve these incredible animals and ensure they thrive into the future," says Mike Jordan, Director of Animal and Plant Sciences at Chester Zoo.

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