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It’s A Boy: San Diego Zoo Announces Historic Birth Of Baby Rhino

The San Diego Zoo’s new baby rhino is pictured in this undated photo.

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Above: The San Diego Zoo’s new baby rhino is pictured in this undated photo.

A southern white rhino gave birth to a male baby conceived by artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday.

The birth took about 30 minutes. Both mother and calf are doing well. Zoo officials have not had a chance to weigh the newborn and it does not yet have a name.

Listen to this story by Erik Anderson.

The calf is the first baby rhino born using artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo facility.

The mom, Victoria, carried her baby for more than 490 days.

Victoria is one of six southern white rhinos that could become surrogate moms for the critically endangered northern white rhinos.

RELATED: Clock Ticking On Northern White Rhino

There are only two of them left alive. Both are female and beyond breeding age.

Zoo officials are working to develop artificial insemination and embryo implantation techniques so they can put a northern white embryo into a southern white female.

Zoo researchers have access to frozen northern white cells that they hope to turn into eggs and sperm.

Meanwhile, there’s another southern white rhino at the safari park who was artificially inseminated. She is due around September.

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Police were out in force Monday issuing tickets to scooter riders. Plus, a southern white rhino has given birth to a baby boy by artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Also ahead on today’s podcast, UCSD Extension is testing a new way for students to pay for class and a new teen IdeaLab brings sound recording booths, ... Read more →

Aired: July 30, 2019 | Transcript

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Erik Anderson
Environment Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI focus on the environment and all the implications that a changing or challenging environment has for life in Southern California. That includes climate change, endangered species, habitat, urbanization, pollution and many other topics.

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