Israel Zoo Announces Rare White Rhino Birth


A zoo in central Israel on Monday announced the rare birth of a white rhinoceros, an endangered species.

Rami, a male, was born several days ago in the Ramat Gan zoological center and safari park following an 18-month pregnancy, spokeswoman Sagit Horowitz said.

Rihanna, his seven-and-a-half-year-old mother originally from South Africa, mated with four-year-old Atari in the 100-hectare park.

Rihanna belongs to the southern white rhinoceros subspecies native to southern Africa, of which some 20,000 remain globally.

The white rhinoceros is threatened by poaching and a protection program has been set up in Europe, a statement from the zoo said.

There are 14 rhinos in Ramat Gan, it added.

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