CHICAGO — The Lincoln Park Zoo’s 13-year-old female eastern black rhinoceros Kapuki is pregnant.
Her calf is expected to arrive in May at the zoo’s Regenstein African Journey.
The eastern black rhinoceros is a critically endangered species, and the zoo says Kapuki’s pregnancy is the result of a breeding recommendation from the Eastern Black Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan. She was recommended to breed with 33-year-old male rhino Maku, who she previously produced an offspring with in 2013.
Gestation for black rhinos is about 15-16 months with offspring weighing around 85 pounds.
The zoo will be posting updates on Kapuki’s pregnancy on social media with the hashtag #RhinoWatch.