Moyo, a male black rhinoceros calf born earlier this month, is shown nursing and being cared for by his mother in a video taken behind the scenes at the River’s Edge exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo.
No date has been set for a public debut of Moyo, whose name means “heart” in Swahili.
Moyo is the second black rhino born in the last 26 years and the 10th in the zoo’s history.
According to the St. Louis Zoo, the black rhino population has experienced dramatic declines — a 96 percent drop between 1970 and 1992 in Africa. In 1993, only 2,300 rhinos were living in the wild.
Black rhinos are facing extinction because of illegal poaching for their horns, and to a lesser extent by loss of habitat, the zoo stated in a press release.