Photo in the News: Baby Rhino Nuzzles Elephant Toy

Picture of a baby rhinoceros with a stuffed elephant doll
Email to a Friend


February 11, 2005—Nuzzling his toy elephant, an orphaned Indian rhinoceros made his public debut at California's San Diego Wild Animal Park yesterday. Born January 7, the calf is the latest of 46 born at the facility since 1978. Because his mother died of complications of childbirth, zoo workers are rearing him by hand in the park's nursery.

Listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union, the Indian rhinoceros was once at home across a large swath of Southeast Asia. Hunters still seek the rhino's horn, and developers and farmers have overtaken much of the animal's natural habitat. As a result, only about 2,000 remain in the wild, confined to isolated pockets of India and Nepal.

—Ted Chamberlain

See More Photos in the News
See Today's Top News Stories
Sign Up for Our Free Newsletters—Don't Miss a Discovery

NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




ADVERTISEMENT

 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.