The Buffalo Zoo's Indian rhinoceros, Tashi, is pregnant.
The zoo participated in an experimental artificial insemination procedure, and is one of the first zoos in the world to have a successful Indian rhino AI pregnancy. A team of keepers and veterinarians from the Buffalo Zoo worked with Dr. Monica Stoops from the Center of Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife based at the Cincinnati Zoo to help with the AI process.
The procedure took place in February. If Tashi remains healthy and the pregnancy successfully goes to term, keepers expect that she will give birth in June of 2014. The pregnancy is an important step toward global rhino conservation, and is already proving invaluable to the research efforts of Stoops and CREW and the rhinoceros species survival plan.
Anyone interested in learning more about Tashi's pregnancy, or about global rhino conservation, should attend the Buffalo Zoo's World Rhino Day event. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the zoo will host a special lecture by Joe Hauser, the zoo's lead rhino keeper.
The event, which runs from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Children's Resource Center, will also feature raffles and refreshments. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will benefit the International Rhino Foundation. Reservations are recommended, but not required. For more information, call 716-995-6133.
World Rhino Day is a global day of recognition and celebration of the five species of rhinoceros. It was first celebrated by World Wildlife Fund South Africa in 2010 and has since become a worldwide day of awareness and appreciation for these animals.
For more information, visit www.worldrhinoday.org.
The Buffalo Zoo is located at 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo.