Located in Chicago zoo Lincoln Park Zoo happened joyful event: 20 may 13-year-old female black rhinoceros (lat. Diceros bicornis) named Kapuki (Kapuki) was born the baby.
The name “black” is contingent and random; the color of the skin of the animal it has nothing to do. In fact, black and white rhinos, painted depending on the color of the soil where they live. In the mid-nineteenth century the black Rhino was widespread in the African savannas. In 1970, Africa had about 65 000 individuals, but now, as of 2016, the planet was not more than 5,500 black rhinos. The most severe population decline due to poaching and lack of measures to combat this phenomenon occurred in the period 1970-1992 years: then killed 96% of the unique African animals.
The remaining population of black rhinos in the wild
The birth of a rare baby at the zoo contributes to the recovery of the species recognized as endangered. The father of a newborn baby is a male named Maku (Maku). This is a longstanding partner of Kabuki. The pair were selected on the basis of genetic and other tests that specialists perform to the animals whose species were on the brink of extinction, and recommendations proved to be correct: in 2013, Mac and Kabuki already sired his first cub named King (King).
The zoo is about pregnancy in black rhinos come with great responsibility. Once vets have established this fact, the ration of Kabuki was credited for her favorite food – apples and hay, to the expectant mother could get maximum vitamins. The pregnancy of these animals lasts 15 months, and all this time Kabuki was surrounded with attention and support.
The first 48 hours after birth are the most critical for black rhinos, but the new kid has survived them. His gender is still not well known: vets do not disturb the mother and cub, controlling the situation through the webcam.
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