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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : November 1999 : Calf of endangered rhino born at Tennoji zoo

Calf of endangered rhino born at Tennoji zoo


Japan Economic Newswire
November 16, 1999

OSAKA, - A calf of the endangered black rhinoceros was born Tuesday at Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zoological Gardens in Osaka's Tennoji Ward, zoo officials said. The baby, parented by Tommy, a 16-year-old male rhino, and Satchan, a 27-year-old female, was the first black rhino born this year in Japan, according to the officials.

Two baby black rhinos were born last year at zoos in Yokohama and Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture. The newborn has a body length of about 80 centimeters and weighs an estimated 30 kilograms. It will be shown to the public sometime around January, officials said. Black rhinos live in tropical bushlands and savannahs in sub-Saharan Africa and number less than 3,000 in the wild.

Their trade for business purposes is prohibited based on the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention.

Tennoji zoo officials leased one of its female black rhinos, born within its compounds in 1994, to a zoo in Texas in September 1996 as part of an international effort to propagate the species.




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