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San Diego Zoo welcomes new, rare rhino calf

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:03

An endangered black rhino baby is the newest resident at the San Diego Zoo. Sasha Salama reports.

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The San Diego Zoo has welcomed its newest addition - a rare, black rhinoceros who's staying close to his mother. SOUNDBITE (English) JULIE ANDERSON, KEEPER, SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK, SAYING: "The closeness between mom and calf is really great. You'll see mom, when she gets up to go feed at the feeder, he'll follow just alongside as well. High alert, you'll see the tail up, as well as mom, so that way she's making sure that the calf knows that she's on alert and in front of him as well." Little more than a week old, the baby rhino already is quick on his feet, running around and exploring his surroundings. But the black rhino is an engandered species, disappearing rapidly in its native eastern and central Africa. SOUNDBITE (English) JULIE ANDERSON, KEEPER, SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK, SAYING: "Poaching is the main reason why numbers of black rhinos are on the decline, with roughly 5,000 of them left in the world. Any birth born here at the park is an important birth, and we are very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park." This is the 15th black rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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San Diego Zoo welcomes new, rare rhino calf

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:03