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Toronto Zoo welcomes baby white rhino

Toronto Zoo welcomes baby white rhino”

The calf weighs in at a healthy 62.3 kg and has been nursing more than expected, the Toronto Zoo said in a news release.

The zoo says both mom, Zohari, and baby are doing well, with the calf weighing 62.3 kilograms at birth. It's the first birth of a white rhino at the Toronto Zoo since 1990, and the fifth in the zoo's history.

According to the IUCN, at the end of the 19th century the species was almost wiped out, with only 20 to 50 white rhinos on the planet. "At one point, the species was as low as 20 animals left in the wild in South Africa's Umfalozi Game Reserve but they were brought back from the brink of extinction through incredible conservation efforts", the zoo said. Johan Jooste, who works to stop poaching in Kruger National Park in South Africa, told CBC News the park has become a "poachers' supermarket" because the horn has become "the most expensive commodity on the planet, gram for gram". "The population is heavily dependent on range state protection and if this is not maintained, the population could be upgraded to Vulnerable or even worse".

It is the first white rhinoceros to be born at the Toronto Zoo in 27 years. She and the calf are not now visible to the public.



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