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
"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