A rare animal was born at the Great Plains Zoo Monday.
The male Eastern Black Rhino, weighing 103 pounds at birth, is the third calf born in Sioux Falls. The public will be able to see it in several weeks.
With the calf and his parents, the Great Plains Zoo is currently home to three of the 57 Eastern Black Rhinos in North America. Only an estimated 740 are left in the wild, making them an endangered species.
Eastern Black Rhinos do not have natural predators, but suffer from illegal poaching for their horns.
The calf is also the first Eastern Black Rhino born as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s endangered species breeding program since 2014.
The Zoo’s “Rare Rhinos of Africa” exhibit includes a breeding facility that was built in 2010, and that was designed to facilitate the birthing of large animals.
€œThe Zoo is increasing our conservation efforts with zoos around the world to raise awareness of the plight of Rhinos, and to work with partners in the field to protect this amazing animal,€ Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO, said.