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article imageEndangered black rhino born in French zoo

By AFP     Dec 19, 2019 in World

A critically endangered black rhino has been born in a French zoo, authorities said on Thursday.

The male calf, which does not yet have a name, was born on December 6 at the Bassin d'Arcachon Zoo in southwestern La Teste-de-Buch.

The young calf was born weighing between 35 and 40 kilograms
The young calf was born weighing between 35 and 40 kilograms
NICOLAS TUCAT, AFP

Its mother Nabila, a six-year-old, was given to the zoo as part of a European breeding programme.

She mated with a male named Dazanty to produce the first cub from the breeding programme.

"It's an event because it's the first black rhino to be born in a French zoo," the Bassin d'Arcachon Zoo said in a statement.

"It's an event because it's the first black rhino to be born in a French zoo " t...
"It's an event because it's the first black rhino to be born in a French zoo," the Bassin d'Arcachon Zoo said in a statement 
NICOLAS TUCAT, AFP

The species -- formally called the Diceros bicornis -- is classified as "critically endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The young calf was born weighing between 35 and 40 kilogrammes (around 80 pounds).

The male calf will be expected to breed to preserve the species as the majority of black rhinos in z...
The male calf will be expected to breed to preserve the species as the majority of black rhinos in zoos are female
NICOLAS TUCAT, AFP

As it is a male, it will be expected to breed to preserve the species as the majority of black rhinos in zoos are female, the park said.

According to the zoo, the unnamed new born is the second black rhino to be born in Europe this year.

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