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13th June 2019

Male Rhino 'Done his job' as he impregnated endangered species

BY: Nathan Spackman

A critically endangered species has been confirmed as being pregnant.

Dakima, a female rhino - who's living in Pembrokeshires Folly Farm is expected to give birth to her first calf in January.

There are believed to be fewer than 650 of her species left and so she is a critically endangered kind. The Rhino's natural habitat is East Africa.

Dakima was placed in part of a European Endangered Species Breeding Program where she met her partner Nkosi.

So how did they confirm this endangered rhino was pregnant? Well, They checked her stool samples for hormone levels and after analysis came back, the evidence could confirm this to be accurate.

Zoo curator Tim Morphew said "We're proud to be playing a part in increasing numbers of these fantastic animals in captivity and hopefully ultimately in the wild," he said.

"Similar to any human pregnancy it's still early days at the moment but, if all goes well, we can expect our new arrival early next year."

This Calf would be the first rhino to be born in wales.

It is reported that it has not all been plain sailing for this Mum-to-be, however at this point she is showing the right signs to be enjoying her pregnancy.

"Mating with these species can be very explosive and if she wasn't in the mood - she'd be sure to let him know," Mr Morphew added.

"Dakima is in great spirits at the moment, as a first-time mum she is taking everything in her stride.

"We'll support her in her pregnancy; making sure it's as natural as possible, but will step in where necessary. As for Nkosi, rhinos are solitary animals, so his job is pretty much done."

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