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Cincinnati Zoo's black rhino, Kendi, will be sent to San Diego

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Zoo is sending black rhino, Kendi, to San Diego so that he can help save his species.

Kendi was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in July 2017. He's been pretty popular with Zoo visitors.

The Cincinnati Zoo hopes he'll be able to breed at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. He'll roam in a mixed-herd habitat.

There are fewer than 60 eastern black rhinos in North American zoos and they're critically endangered. Kendi was one of only five to be born in 2016-2017.

The good news is that the Cincinnati Zoo has gotten the green light from the Species Survival Plan to try to breed Kendi's parents again, so maybe visitors will see another rhino calf in next winter. It could take that long because rhinos have a 15-month gestation period.

Kendi will leave in the next couple of weeks and he'll be on exhibit less as zookeepers prepare. He'll definitely be out in his yard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24, according to the Zoo.


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