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Florida Zoo Reports New Baby Rhino Birth

A Florida Zoo has recently announced the birth of a southern white rhino. This is the eighth to be born in Tampa as part of helping the species.Officials at the Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park said that the baby animal was born last week to a 20-year-old rhino named Alake. The female calf has not been given a name yet, but both baby and mother are reported to be healthy and doing well.

The baby rhino seems to be strong and is nursing alongside her mother, as reported by the Zoo in a statement originally posted on its Facebook page on Saturday. Alake was paired with the only adult male in the Tampa Zoo, who was named Ongava. Their calf will join the crash, or the group of rhinos, within the coming weeks, as the officials said.

Visitors will meet the baby rhino in the new Expedition Wild Africa attraction, set up and expected to open up shortly. The Zoo has confirmed a declining white rhino population—the numbers started going down since the early 20th century to a number between 50 and 200.

Still, the conservation efforts made the population increase and the number of 20,400 in Africa. White rhinos are still classified as near-threatened species because of their habitat loss and rustling for their horns.As of late December 2007, the total population of white rhinos was estimated to be 17,460, making them by far the amplest subspecies of rhino in the world.

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