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In 2015, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, the body that manages populations in zoos, determined that parents Faru and Seyia were a good genetic match and recommended that they breed. Faru came to Cincinnati from Atlanta in the summer of 2015 and met Seyia.
Eastern black rhinos, native to Eastern and Central Africa, have two large horns made of keratin that they use for defense, intimidation and feeding. An adult can weigh anywhere between 1,760 and 3,080 pounds, and newborns weigh between 73 and 121 pounds. The species is critically endangered due to poaching and habitat loss. Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the world, and approximately 60 are managed by the species survival plan in North American zoos.
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The public will be able to see Kendi and Seyia in their outdoor habitat in a couple of weeks, weather and health depending. The father, Faru, will be out daily. Black rhinos are solitary animals, so there are no plans to unite the three.