Monday, May 21, 2018
I went and saw the baby rhino at the Cleveland Zoo!!! Her name is Lulu (which means "gem" in the Malay language). She was born February 7, and is just 12 weeks old. She weighed 100 pounds at birth, and now weighs more than 200 pounds.
This is the sixth Eastern black rhino birth at the Cleveland Zoo, which has one of the most successful rhino breeding programs in North America. The Eastern black rhino species is critically endangered, with less than 5,000 left in the wild.
Happy mama Kibbibi is 13-and-a-half years old. She was born at the Cleveland Zoo to Inge. Inge is one of the most genetically valuable Eastern black rhinos in captivity. She was born in the wild in South Africa, and airlifted to the United States to protect her from poaching.
Proud papa Forrest 16-and-a-half years old. He arrived at the Cleveland Zoo in 2016 from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Forrest came to Cleveland as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, which works with zoos to maintain genetic diversity among endangered species. Male black rhinos rotate among zoos to ensure genetic diversity in the captive black rhino populations in North America.
This is the third calf for Kibibbi.