Saki monkey, black rhino, Somali wild ass: Zoo Miami welcomes three new births

MIAMI - Zoo Miami is celebrating three significant births over the past several days. 

On May 25, a black rhinoceros was born just after 11 p.m., the 13th successful birth at Zoo Miami for the highly-endangered species. 

Weighing 122 pounds, the female calf was born after a gestation period of about 15 months to her parents "Circe" and "Eddie". 

Black rhinos are highly endangered because of poaching in Eastern and Southern Africa.  

On May 30, the zoo welcomed the birth of a male white-faced saki monkey.  This is the first birth of this species of Tropical American monkey at the zoo.

The species is native to the rainforest trees of Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela, these fruit eating monkeys rarely come to the ground and are considered vulnerable due to habitat destruction and hunting for food and the pet trade. 

Also, a male Somali wild ass was born on June 2. Somali wild asses are the world’s most critically endangered asses with less than 1,000 believed to still exist in the wild.  It is the last remaining ancestor of the modern donkey.  They are the smallest of the wild equids and are found in rocky deserts in very isolated areas of Eastern Africa.

The zoo said the newborn Somali wild ass should be on exhibit by the end of this week.  However, the black rhino will remain with its mother off exhibit for at least a week, and the white faced saki is being hand raised by staff and off exhibit for at least the next several weeks. 

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