The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita announced the birth of a 60 pound baby girl rhino. She will be named by the winner of an auction in September.
The unnamed rhino was born to Bibi, the second Eastern Black Rhinoceros in the US obtained from a Japanese zoo. A survey in 2001 found fewer than 500 of the subspecies in the wild. Their populations are threatened mainly by poachers, who sell their horns in the Middle East and Asia. Their phallic shape of the horns, which can reach over four feet long, causes people to treat them as aphrodisiacs or signs of virility. Trade in rhinos is regulated by international treaties, but men who need to compensate always find a way, and Hummers aren’t on sale everywhere.
The International Rhino Fund has more information on the Black Rhinoceros and what you can do to help protect them.