The Little Rock Zoo has added a 10-year-old eastern black rhino to its collection, in a transfer from Zoo Atlanta, in hopes of breeding. She joins a male rhino in the African exhibit next week.
The animal is critically endangered, with only about 5,000 in the wild, mostly in preserves in four African countries. It’s lost ground because of poaching and habitat loss.
The new rhino gave birth to one calf in Atlanta. The Zoo’s 22-year-old male has never sired off spring. Zookeepers “will start introductions slowly,” allowing the famle to get used to her new home before meeting the male.