Pete, the Oregon Zoo’s black rhino, can expect some company soon. Zuri, a 3-year-old female rhino from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, arrived in Portland last week on a breeding loan and will be joining Pete on exhibit sometime in the coming months.
“Black rhinos are among the most endangered mammals on the planet,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “We are thrilled and privileged to be given an opportunity to promote the survival of these amazing creatures.”
In the wild, habitat loss and poaching have pushed the species to the brink of extinction. The world population of black rhinos has plummeted from an estimated 65,000 in 1970 to fewer than 3,700 today.