Baby Rhino of Threatened Specie Born on Super Bowl Sunday

( – Although most people were glued to a television screen this past Sunday watching the Super Bowl, there was a baby rhino being born at an Indianapolis Zoo.

The birth in Indianapolis, Indiana was of a rare white rhino. It’s said that white rhinos only have a population of 17,000, according to Save the Rhino. The birth was live inside of the Indianapolis Zoo and it was a huge victory for the zoo members.

“Indianapolis has its own big winner to celebrate today with the arrival of a white rhinoceros calf born at 9:13 a.m. to 19-year-old mother Zenzele. This is the first live-birth rhinoceros calf for the Indianapolis Zoo and Zenzele’s seventh calf,” the Zoo said in its birth announcement.

The zoo staff was preparing for the arrival of the baby rhino when they saw early signs of implementing labor and milk production from the mother. “Zenzele is an experienced and confident mom and everything is going very well. Both Zenzele and her calf are doing well, and keepers say Zenzele is relaxed and the calf is content,” said senior rhinoceros keeper Amber Berndt.

The birth of this rhino brings the zoo’s rhino population to five, which includes two females, Gloria and Mambo, and the male, Spike. Zenzele will be kept inside with her baby for the first few weeks and slowly introduced to the rhino staff.

The zoo President, Dr. Robert Shumaker, said, “Our Life Sciences team has done a tremendous job. It is a privilege for our Zoo to care for these magnificent animals and advocate for their conservation.”

They continued to speak out about how special this birth was, saying, “In the wild, rhinoceros populations are threatened by habitat loss and poaching. Four of the five remaining species of rhinoceroses are at risk of extinction, according to the International Rhino Foundation. White rhinos are categorized as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.”

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