We finally have some happy news this week, as Cincinnati zoo expects to welcome it's newest member "any day now."
Keep scrolling for more on the exciting new arrival...
Zoos everywhere have got a bad wrap over the years.
via: GettyAnd while all animals would be better off roaming free...
...For some this just isn't possible anymore.
via: GettyDue to loss of habitat and the threat of poachers, sadly it isn't safe for some species to live how they once did.
But measures have been put in place to protect those species that are on the brink of extinction.
via: GettyGiving them a second chance at survival.
There are currently ninety-nine zoos in America keeping rhinos.
via: GettyAnd one zoo, in particular, has some pretty amazing news...
Cincinnati zoo has its own resident black rhino who is expecting a very special new arrival.
via: FacebookAnd it's due at any moment.
Keepers are excited as in recent years, rhino numbers have been dwindling.
via: GettyWhile these majestic animals once flourished throughout various parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, today, it is believed that as little as 29,000 remain in the wild, according to the WWF.
It is a devastating situation.
via: GettyToday, rhinos can only be found in parts of Africa, and very few are able to survive outside of national parks and nature reserves.
But why is this?
via: GettyHow can a species, that once thrived in the wild, struggle to exist without human assistance?
Well, poachers can be thanked for that.
via: GettyFor decades now, rhinos have been poached to the brink of extinction... And it is all for their horn.
The demand for rhino horn has long been rife across many parts of Asia.
via: GettyRhino horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, but, more commonly, it is used as a status symbol to display success and wealth.
Over the years, the slaughter of rhinos has become steadily more controversial...
via: GettyBut this means that poachers have only been becoming a larger threat.
Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos...
via: GettyMeaning that they have been killing rhinos at an even more alarming rate than before.
The issue of poaching has been notoriously difficult to manage...
via: GettyBut with the help of zoos, Rhino numbers have been gradually increasing.
And conservation efforts seem to be paying off.
@CincinnatiZoo YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! https://t.co/CW0vU4K9o8— Sophie Lee (@Sophie Lee)1597108067.0
Seyia is an eastern black rhino.
via: GettyWhose species is critically endangered, meaning this news is essential for the survival of her kind.
The happy news was shared on Twitter.
BIG news! Seyia is pregnant and due any day! Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered, so this is great news… https://t.co/Su2IGdUfXS— Cincinnati Zoo (@Cincinnati Zoo)1597100454.0
This will be her second calf.
@CincinnatiZoo This is fantastic news ❤️❤️🦏🦏— Vanessa (@Vanessa)1597101568.0
They are amazed that she is once again pregnant.
@CincinnatiZoo Quarantine baby boom— Michelle Smith (@Michelle Smith)1597139159.0
"She loves attention - getting a good rub down, taking a bubble bath, and most of all, interacting with her keepers during training sessions."
via: Facebook"Seyia has learned so much over the past year here in Cincinnati. We train all of our animals to do lots of different husbandry behaviors, which helps us provide them with the best care possible."
This is especially important when caring for rhinos.
via: Facebook"The black rhino has a reputation for being extremely aggressive, charging readily at threats. They have even been observed charging tree trunks and termite mounds in the wild! So it takes a very strong bond between keepers and their rhinos to accomplish all that we need to do with them. Only once this trust is formed between keeper and rhino can training begin."
Seyia was in labor for about 30 minutes with Kendi.
via: GettyKendi means 'the loved one' in Swahili, which zookeepers thought was perfect.