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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2002 : Zoo welcomes its first female rhino calf
 

Zoo welcomes its first female rhino calf

 


April 1, 2002

Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo is celebrating the birth of the first female black rhinoceros in Australia.

It is the fifth endangered black rhino born at the zoo.

Black rhinos are an endangered species and only about 2,800 remain in the wild.

Mr Taylor says breeding more female rhinos is vital to the program's success.

"We're hoping to have lots and lots of little girls around the area in time to come," he said.

"I guess it's females that we're looking for more so than the boys," Mr Taylor said.

"But any little calf that comes along is certainly an asset to not just the Western Plains Zoo but the total program, which includes Zimbawbe, who are actually the owners of these animals and also to the United States, who work with us on this program as well."



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