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It's a Girl: Endangered Rhino Born at Iowa Zoo

Created: April 10, 2019 03:30 PM

A zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, has announced another birth for a pair of endangered rhinos.

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Blank Park Zoo says its 9-year-old female eastern black rhino, Ayana, gave birth Friday to a 112-pound female calf. Ayana and her mate, Kiano, produced their first calf in 2016, Tumani.

The African species is considered critically endangered, primarily because of poaching.

People can check on the still unnamed newborn through the zoo's social media and live webcams while she's still bonding with her mother and not on display.

The zoo will name her through a fundraising contest: $50 per name or three suggestions for $100. The zoo says the names should be in an African language. A public vote will be held on the finalists.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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