It is very difficult to breed Indian rhinos in captivity, so the Cincinnati Zoo is flying high about the impending birth of their new little rhino bundle of joy. To help celebrate, they’ve got a video detailing the whole process of rhino artificial insemination, and video sonograms of the little tyke in utero. Added to this is another rhino video that really shows how they move, and how their “armored plates” move with them. Plus there’s lots of wonderful general rhino information and photos.
Very few rhinos are now found outside protected parks and reserves. The Indian rhino is one species that is actually enjoying some recovery success–their numbers in the wild have been increasing in recent years. Southern white rhinos and black rhinos are also inspiring guarded hope, although their numbers are not nearly what they were 50 years ago. Much more work needs to be done. The primary threats continue to be deforestation and illegal trade in rhino horns.
The solutions are strengthened protection and education. After visiting the Cincinnati Zoo website, you’ll know a little more yourself–as a fun example, a group of rhinos is not called a herd: by what name is it known?
Photo Courtesty of the Cincinnati Zoon