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Endangered Baby Rhino’s Birth Captured On CCTV At UK Zoo

Rare moment caught on camera as eastern black rhino delivers calf in daylight, boosting conservation efforts

CHESTER, England — This is the incredible moment the birth of an endangered baby rhino was captured on CCTV cameras at a UK zoo.

Keepers at Chester Zoo were left thrilled following the safe arrival of the eastern black rhino, which is one of the world’s rarest mammals.

The female calf was delivered onto a bed of soft sand by new mom Zuri on November 12 at 2.45 pm following a 15-month pregnancy.

Rhino experts say it’s “quite unusual” for a calf to be born in daylight, which gave keepers the unique opportunity to capture the special moment on camera.

Heartwarming images of the new baby during its first few days of life show her sticking closely to her mom’s side.

Incredible moment as highly endangered rhino species gives birth while being captured on camera in Chester-UK. CHESTER ZOO VIA SWNS.

“We’d been eagerly awaiting this birth for 15 long months and, as it’s quite unusual for a rhino to give birth in daylight hours, we really didn’t expect it to happen right in front of us as we were going about our day,” said Emma Evison, the zoo’s rhino team manager.

“To be able to witness the calf safely entering the world, in front of our very own eyes, was just the most incredible privilege,” she added.

“What’s most important now during these first few days is that mom Zuri and her new baby spend some time bonding and getting to know one another,” she continued.

“So far, the pair have been inseparable and the little one is feeding regularly and already gaining in size and weight,” said Evison.

“She’s very inquisitive and full of energy, which is just brilliant to see,” she asserted.

The eastern black rhino is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Fewer than 600 are now found across Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda and it is said they face a ‘very high chance’ of becoming extinct in the wild.

Conservationists believe the birth of a healthy calf will help global efforts to prevent the species from disappearing altogether.

“Sadly this is a species that, for more than a century, has been hunted down and poached for its horn before being sold on the illegal wildlife markets,” added Emma

“This precious newborn’s arrival is another positive step in safeguarding the species, which is what the endangered species breeding program in European conservation zoos that we’re a leading part of is striving to do,” she said.

“This program has already showed huge success, with a group of rhinos bred in zoos in Europe having been translocated to a protected National Park in Africa,” she continued.

The demand for rhino horn, stemming from the traditional Asian medicine market, has seen 95 percent of Africa’s rhinos wiped out by poaching.

But new figures from this year show for the first time in more than a decade, rhino numbers have increased slightly across Africa due to conservation efforts.

Birth of endangered baby rhino species captured on camera. CHESTER ZOO VIA SWNS.

“Our efforts to protect this magnificent species extend far beyond the zoo’s boundaries and, while it’s incredibly positive news that conservation efforts across Africa have led to a small recovery in rhino numbers, giving them some much-needed breathing space, we know there’s still lots of work to be to done,” said Mike Jordan, director of animals and plants at the zoo.

“We’re home to the UK’s only zoo-based animal endocrine lab where we’ve developed the skills and techniques to track rhino hormones by closely analyzing their dung,” he added.

“This has helped us to massively improve the chances of a successful mating and further increase numbers of this critically endangered species,” he affirmed.

“The technology is so precise that we’re now transferring it to a specialist lab that we’ve helped to create in Kenya which is helping rangers and vets there to boost the wild population,” he continued.

“Zuri and her new arrival is testament to the unwavering dedication of conservationists here at Chester, and around the world, who are working to safeguard these incredible animals and ensure that they thrive long into the future,” he asserted.

Produced in association with SWNS Talker

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