Czech zoo cheers birth of endangered eastern black rhino A newly born eastern black rhino plays with a pumpkin in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Czech zoo cheers birth of endangered eastern black rhino
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An eastern black rhinoceros was born. It was born in a Czech zoo. Experts say it is a small but important step. It is a step in the efforts to save the animals from extinction.

Only a few hundred remain in African reserves. There they are protected. They are protected from poachers. Some 140 are in European zoos.

The rhino was born on Oct. 2. It was born in the Dvur Kralove Zoo. It boasts the greatest number of the animals. They are in Europe.

Curator Jan Zdarek says the calf has been in good shape. It will stay with her mother. Her mother’s name is Etosha. She will stay with her for at least a couple of years.

She might join four others from the zoo after that. They were taken to their native habitat. It is in Africa.

Zdarek says it is still not clear whether efforts to save the black rhinos will be successful.

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