Zoo Miami Welcomes New Babies

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Zoo Miami welcomed three new babies.

A male Somali wild ass was born Monday, June 3rd. They are the world’s most critically endangered asses. They are also considered the last remaining ancestor of the donkey.

Just a day before, a highly endangered black rhinoceros gave birth to a 122-pound female calf  at 11:00 p.m.

Click here to see pictures of the new babies. 

The mother named Circe, was born at the Riverbanks Zoo and arrived at Zoo Miami in 2006.

Black rhinos are highly endangered as they continue to be poached for their horns which are prized in some eastern cultures for medicinal purposes and as status symbols.

On Friday, May 30th a male white-faced saki monkey was born. It’s the first birth of this species of Tropical American monkey for Zoo Miami.

The monkey’s mother rejected him so it is now being hand raised by zoo staff.

Zoo visitors won’t be able to see all the newborns just yet.

The newborn ass is expected to be on exhibit by the end of the week.

The Black Rhino will remain with its mother for at least a week.

The white-faced saki is currently being hand raised by zoo staff for at least several weeks.

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