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PICTURES: Zoo's New Rhino Part of Baby Boom

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The Buffalo Zoo's newest baby animal,  Monica, a Rhino calf, went on display for the first time Monday.

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Visitors to the Buffalo Zoo will be able to see more baby animals now than the Zoo usually has on exhibit at one time. They include:

Big Horn Sheep: Four big horn sheep (two males, two females) were born in April and May of 2014. They are on exhibit daily during Zoo hours.

Gorilla:  Nyah, the baby western lowland gorilla was born on September 4, 2013 to parents Lily and Koga. She joins her family in the gorilla exhibit daily during Zoo hours.

Ocelot: An ocelot kitten named Arieta was born on December 10, 2013 to parents Ayla and Pedro. She can be seen with her mother from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.

North American River Otters: In March, sisters Daisy and Ellie each gave birth to a litter of pups. Rascal is the father of both litters. They take turns in the Zoo’s otter creek from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Visitors often find them napping inside one of the exhibit’s hollow logs.

Reindeer: A baby reindeer was born on April 25, 2014 to parents Ellie and Borealis. The baby reindeer can be seen on exhibit daily during Zoo hours.

Vampire Bats : A number of baby vampire bats have been born in recent months. They are out on exhibit daily during Zoo hours in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.
The rhino calf will be out on exhibit each day from 10 until 12 noon in the Indian Rhinoceros exhibit yard, located between the M&T Bank Rainforest exhibit and the giraffe house.

In an announcement, zoo officials said they have "observed Monica and mother, Tashi, in the exhibit space and are confident in the calf’s ability to safely navigate the terrain. They will continue to observe her progress and extend her time outside as she develops."

There are only 59 Indian rhinos in captivity in North America and about 2,500 in the wild. Zoo officials call the 144 pound calf, born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo,  a victory for endangered species.   It was born after artificial insemination using sperm from a now-dead Cincinnati rhino.

"We are always thrilled to welcome a new baby to the Zoo, but this birth is particularly exciting because the science involved is critical to saving endangered animals," said Zoo President Donna Fernandes, in a prepared statement. .

There are only 59 Indian rhinos in captivity in North America and about 2,500 in the wild.

The father was named Jimmy and died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2004. His sperm was frozen, stored and later taken to Buffalo. Tashi, the calf's 17-year-old mother, previously conceived and successfully gave birth through natural breeding in 2004 and 2008. But her mate died, and Buffalo's newest  male Indian rhino hasn't yet reached sexual maturity.


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