Critically endangered eastern black rhino falls pregnant at zoo in Wales

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The new rhino baby is due in January next year at Folly Farm

The new baby is due in January next year (Picture: Wales News Service)

An incredibly rare eastern black rhino is pregnant at a zoo in Wales.

Dakima, six, is expecting her baby in January next year, after she was introduced to Nkosi, eight, last year in an attempt to breed the pair.

She isnt showing a bump yet, so to confirm the pregnancy staff at the zoo had to test her poo to check for pregnancy hormones, which showed she was indeed expecting a new calf.

There are thought to be fewer than 650 eastern black rhinos left in the wild and just 88 in zoos across Europe.

Were over the moon to announce that our lovely Dakima is pregnant, Tim Morphew, zoo curator at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire, said.

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

Zoo keepers are celebrating an endangered rhino becoming pregnant at a British wildlife park. The eastern black rhino is one of the world's rarest species and threatened with extinction - with just a few hundred left in the wild. But six-year-old Dakima (PICTURED) is expecting a calf at Folly Farm zoo in Pembrokeshire, after she was successfully paired with a mate. ? WALES NEWS SERVICE

Six-year-old Dakima is expecting a calf at Folly Farm zoo in Pembrokeshire (Picture: Wales News Service)

Zoo keepers are celebrating an endangered rhino becoming pregnant at a British wildlife park. The eastern black rhino is one of the world's rarest species and threatened with extinction - with just a few hundred left in the wild. But six-year-old Dakima is expecting a calf at Folly Farm zoo in Pembrokeshire, after she was successfully paired with a mate. Pictured here is Dakima (right) and dad to be Nkosi (left). ? WALES NEWS SERVICE

Dakima (right) pictured with dad to be Nkosi (left). (Picture: Wales News Service)

As part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme for eastern black rhino, we knew we would be receiving a female rhino, but it wasnt guaranteed that she would get on with Nkosi let alone become pregnant.

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