A BIG bundle of joy was welcomed at the Lincoln Park Zoo this week.
Weighing 60 pounds, a male Eastern black rhinoceros calf was born at the zoo on Monday. He is the first male rhino to be born at Lincoln Park Zoo since 1989.
Black rhinos are critically endangered and were nearly driven to extinction in the 1990s. Recent estimates put the total number of wild black rhinos at around 5,000.
The Lincoln Park Zoo has been housing black rhinos since 1982, and zoo officials say they are dedicated to rhino conservation. The zoo is currently home to three adult Eastern black rhinos.
Zoo officials say first-time mom Kapuki, 8, and the baby are both in good health, and that they are currently bonding behind the scenes.
They will announce the baby’s public debut at a later date.
Photos and video by Todd Rosenberg/Lincoln Park Zoo