Florida Zoo Declares Beginning of Southern White Rhino | Science Information

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) – A Florida zoo announced the birth of a southern white rhinoceros, the eighth to be born in Tampa, as part of a plan to help the species.

ZooTampa officials in Lowry Park said the baby was born last week to a 20-year-old rhinoceros named Alake. The female calf has not yet been named, but both the baby and mother are healthy and doing well.

“The baby rhino appears to be strong and is suckling along with its mother,” the zoo said in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Saturday.

Alake was mated to Ongava, the only adult male in the Tampa Zoo. Your calf will join the crash or a group of rhinos in the coming weeks, zoo officials said. Visitors can see the baby rhinoceros at the new Expedition Wild Africa attraction, which opens shortly.

The zoo says the white rhinoceros population is in its early 20th century. White rhinos are still classified as near-endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for their horns.

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