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Taronga Western Plains Zoo Indian Rhino Calf Born!

Discussion in 'Australia' started by zooboy28, 2 Nov 2015.

  1. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    Australia's first ever Indian Rhino calf - a male - was born Sunday!

    TWPZ's Facebook anouncement:

     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh WOW! That is fantastic news. I saw the new thread title, thought "lum te tum, Indian rhino calf... wait - Western Plains Zoo!?"

    Quoting myself from http://www.zoochat.com/24/exotic-mammals-australian-zoos-415741/
     
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    Are these the only Indian rhinos in Australia or are there other zoos keeping this species ? BTW fantastic news !
     
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    TWPZ is the only zoo to hold the species in Australasia, so the total population here is now 3!

    I don't know if any other zoos are interested in keeping the species, white rhinos are most common here by far, while black rhinos are also bred at TWPZ and spare males at one or two other zoos. It would be great to see both Indian and black rhinos well established, in addition to whites, but I'm not sure that is possible with the spaces available.
     
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    Congratulations to all at the park, one of an elite group now that has bred 3 species of rhino.
     
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    Congratulations Dubbo (and Australia!) :D
     
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    considering how fantastic and mythical they look, I would love to see more Aussie zoos have them. Congrats to Dubbo for three out three species bred.