Black rhino calf born at Zoo Atlanta - CBS46 News

Black rhino calf born at Zoo Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Andazi, a 7-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, gave birth to a calf Saturday.

It is the first black rhino ever born at Zoo Atlanta. The calf appears healthy, according to the zoo's veterinary team.

Hunted almost to extinction in the 1980s, eastern black rhinos have experienced severe  population declines in recent decades.

Poachers value the animal for its horns, which are believed by some cultures to have medicinal value.

Andazi and her mate, 9-year-old Utenzi, were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Rhino Species Survival Plan. 

This is the first calf for both. Utenzi will not share space with the new offspring. Black rhinos are solitary in the wild, coming together only for breeding.

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