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.