Cute alert! A baby Eastern black rhino named Moyo has been born at the St. Louis Zoo! Born May 17 to mother Kati Rain and father Ajabu, Moyo (which means “heart” in Swahili) is a very important part of Black rhino protection and conservation. Part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Black Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP), the St. Louis Zoo is an essential facility in rhino conservation. This SSP was created to help keep a healthy gene pool in North American zoos to ensure that these beautiful animals are around for future generations to admire and be inspired by. There are now 60 Black rhinos in 26 AZA zoos throughout North America.
Moyo is the 9th calf born in the St. Louis Zoo’s history and the second to be born in 27 years. He is nursing and bonding well with his mother, but the zoo will allow them to continue to bond behind the scenes before Moyo is put on exhibit. Critically endangered, Black rhinos face the most threats from poachers who kill them for their horns. Rhinos are also losing their habitat to human development and like most animals, are pressured more and more every day by the effects of climate change.
With this new calf, visitors of the St. Louis Zoo will catch a glimpse of the special bond between a rhino mom and baby; something they will remember for the rest of their lives. Job well done, St. Louis Zoo!