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SOS Rhino : In the News : New baby rhino makes Wild Animal Park debut

New baby rhino makes Wild Animal Park debut

  Tuesday, August 31, 2004

By: North County Times wire services

SAN DIEGO - A rare black rhinoceros calf born nine days ago at the San Diego Wild Animal Park made his first public appearance Thursday, park officials said. The baby rhino, named Ajubu, was spotted from the Wgasa Bush Line Railway playing and investigating his habitat alongside his first-time mother Lembe.

No other black rhinos have been born at the Wild Animal Park since the calf's father, Jambia, was born there seven years ago.

The animals are on the endangered species list.

Poaching and a loss of habitat have decreased the population of black rhinos in the wild to 3,600 in small pockets of eastern and southern Africa. In 1970, there were 65,000 of the animals in the wild.

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