Jan 22, 2021 2:30 PM

Rare black rhinoceros born at Kansas zoo

Posted Jan 22, 2021 2:30 PM
This is the first black rhinoceros born at the zoo.  Photo courtesy Lee Richardson Zoo
This is the first black rhinoceros born at the zoo.  Photo courtesy Lee Richardson Zoo

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A rare black rhinoceros has been born in captivity at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. The zoo says in a news release that the male rhino was born Wednesday to 10-year-old Johari and her 7-year-old mate Jabari.

The pair were moved from zoos in Cleveland and Atlanta in 2016 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Eastern Black Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan.

A news release from the zoo says mother and baby will be kept indoors for bonding and until weather conditions are appropriate for them to venture outside. Eastern black rhinos are native to eastern Africa and are listed as critically endangered.