St Louis Zoo Awaits Arrival Of Baby Rhino

St Louis Zoo Awaits Arrival Of Baby Rhino
St Louis Zoo Awaits Arrival Of Baby Rhino

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 9, 2017 (STL.News) Mother’s Day may have an extra special meaning this year at the St. Louis Zoo.

Pregnant rhino Kati Rain is due any day now.  This will be the second offspring for Kati Rain and father Ajabu, both which are considered critically endangered rhinos.  In anticipation of the new arrival and in honor of Mother’s Day, the St. Louis Zoo is featuring great mothers of the animal world (and their babies) on its website and social media sites this week.

You can follow these features on the following social media sites for some fun facts and photos of some of the Zoo’s newest babies and their and their mothers: – – –
Katie Rain is a rare black rhino.  There are five surviving rhino species, three of which are critically endangered.  The black rhino and white rhino are found in Africa, while the greater one-horned rhino, Sumatran rhino, and Javan rhino call Asia home.

Katie Rain and Ajabu’s first off spring, Ruka, was born on January 14, 2011.  He was the first black rhinoceros to be born at the Saint Louis Zoo in 20 years.  When Ruka was 4-years-old, he moved to the Oregon Zoo to pair with a compatible female.  This was by the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in North American zoos.  Meanwhile, Ruka’s parents live at River’s Edge of the St. Louis Zoo.

Human moms will also be celebrated at the St. Louis Zoo on Mother’s Day.  The Zoo will host three champagne brunches on Mother’s Day. For more information on this event, call 314-781-0900.

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