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Kifaru is the male Black Rhino at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom.

The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and southern Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.

Eastern black rhinos are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild, with less than 650 now believed to remain across Africa. Black rhino populations in Africa are being decimated due to a huge surge in illegal poaching, driven by a global increase in demand for rhino horn to supply the traditional Asian medicine market.

The issue is being fuelled by the high street value of rhino horn, which is currently changing hands for more per gram than both gold and cocaine.

In January 2016 After a pregnancy lasting 15-months, Ema Elsa, a 13-year-old Eastern black rhino, gave birth to the male calf. The birth of the calf takes the total number of Eastern black rhinos at the zoo to 10.

“Exposed” Kifaru the Black Rhino.
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A few years ago I visited Toronto Zoo the third largest of its kind in the world. I had a wonderful day out with my friends there and these are a few of the pictures I took

RACOONS
Racoons

LIONESS
Lioness in the sun

BUTTERFLY
The Man from Del Monte... He say YES!

GREAT INDIAN RHINO
Great Indian Rhino

BLUE & YELLOW MACAW
Blue and Yellow Macaw

MASAI GIRAFFE
Masai Giraffe

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