The Potter Park zoo team is hoping they’ll be seeing a very big baby sometime in late December.
Doppsee, the zoo’s critically endangered black rhino, is pregnant.
“Based on her hormone levels we are confident she is pregnant,” said Dr. Ronan Eustace, the zoo’s Director of Animal Health.
Doppsee was mated with Phineus, a male black rhino from the Caldwell Zoo in Texas.
It took months to get the two acquainted to the point where they would breed.
Having two 2800 pound rhinos in the same yard is dicey and, adding in the intricacies of breeding and rhino mating habits, zoo staff was hoping for the best.
The pair mated several times beginning in May and continuing until August.
Now Doppsee’s handlers hope to give her an ultrasound (I can’t even imagine!) in a few months.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources there are only 5,000 black rhinos remaining in the wild and only about 60 at zoos in the United States.