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Kiran is BORN!


With the Birth of an Indian Rhino, Zoo Basel Tries a New Approach –

(following article and pics courtesy of Zoo Basel)

At Zoo Basel in Switzerland, an Indian Rhinoceros gave birth during the night on October 5. The calf, a boy, was given the name Kiran, a Hindi word for ‘sunrise’. Kiran is nursing well and bonding well with his mother, 31-year-old Ellora. On his first day, Kiran weighed 150 pounds (68 kg) and stood just over two feet (66 cm) tall.


Kiran’s 3-year-old sister, Henna, was also present for the birth. This was the first time in a European zoo that a Rhinoceros birth has taken place in the presence of an older sibling, as it occurs in nature. Usually, older siblings are moved to a different location when a Rhino is giving birth in captivity, to help ensure the safety of the newborn. Henna was a bit uneasy with the unfamiliar new arrangement, but it didn’t take too long for her to adapt. The three now spend most of their time together in the Rhino barn, although Kiran has started to take his first steps outside.


Also out-of-the-ordinary, Ellora also had the freedom to chose where she wanted to give within her habitat. The experienced mom made a good decision, chosing the private shelter of the barn. Kiran is Ellora’s eighth calf, and the 34th baby Rhinoceros born at Basel Zoo since 1956 birth of Rudra, the first Rhino ever to be born in a zoo. Since 1990, Basel Zoo has coordinated the European Endangered Species Program for Rhinos, an international effort to coordinate the breeding of healthy Rhinos in zoos.

The Indian Rhino, also called the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, lives in the riverine grasslands and forests of India and Nepal.  According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the Indian Rhino is a vulnerable species. Though strictly protected, Zoo Basel notes that poaching has increased in recent years. The zoo supports the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 project in Assam, India, a site dedicated to the conservation of the species.


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Welcome: Ethan, the First 90lb Miracle in the US

The first baby rhino born via artificial insemination in the U.S.

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The Montgomery Zoo in Alabama: 12-year-old Indian Rhino Jeta, was the first in the U.S. to successfully give birth through artificial means. In June little Ethan was born, weighing a healthy 90 lbs.

Ethan is only the second rhino ever born using thawed sperm. His father, Himal,  had his stored in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cryobiobank. Although Himal resides at the same zoo as Jeta , the two grown rhino were deemed too aggressive to risk them mating naturally.

Montgomery Zoo experts estimate there to be 60 Indian Rhinos in captivity in North America, and only 2,500 left in the wild.

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