The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomed a new addition on Wednesday.
Kibibbi, an eastern black rhinoceros, gave birth to a calf after a 15-month pregnancy. This is the sixth eastern black rhino born at the zoo.
“Kibibbi’s pregnancy announcement last year coincided bringing our Future for Wildlife program and conservation work to the forefront,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Chris Kuhar, in a news release Friday morning. “Over the past year, the community has taken action to support conservation efforts that protect the future for wildlife like the critically-endangered Eastern black rhino.”
Oh Baby! Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Welcomes Newborn #Rhino Calf – Birth of Eastern black rhinoceros strengthens Zoo’s conservation efforts https://t.co/fQbFbxs6lQ 🦏 #FutureForWildlife pic.twitter.com/XwPNfpX7C8
— Cleveland Zoo (@clemetzoo) February 9, 2018
Mom and baby are doing well and have been under constant care by the Zoo’s animal care team.
Kibibbi and the calf will not be visible to the public for a period of time, this will stimulate the mother-calf bond.
The zoo said information on how the public can help name the baby will be released soon.
Eastern black rhinos are considered critically endangered with less than 750 remains in the wild because of poaching and habitat loss.
A few weeks ago, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced a 24-year-old Eastern black rhino, is pregnant and due this fall.