CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Move over April, the giraffe. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is expecting a baby rhino. Kibbibi, a 13.5 year-old eastern black rhino is expecting a calf. The pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound in January and the baby is expected to arrive early Spring 2018.
This pregnancy proves to be an important one for the species; of the 57 eastern black rhinos located in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoos in North America, four were born in the past year.
Listed as critically endangered, less than 750 eastern black rhinos remain in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.
Wednesday, the zoo also announced a new logo and tagline: Securing a future for wildlife.
The new logo and tagline is emblematic of the Zoo's mission because it features wildlife that guests can connect with at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, as well as aligns with the animals supported by our conservation programs," said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer. "Through our website futureforwildlife.org, all guests are empowered to learn more and take action to secure a future for wildlife."