Rhino at Buffalo Zoo to find new home in San Diego

(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)
(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Monica the Indian rhinoceros will soon find a new home at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The rhino currently resides at the Buffalo Zoo, where she was born two years ago, but will be gone by the end of October as part of a breeding recommendation.

Considered “a miracle of science” by Zoo officials, Monica was the result of artificial insemination. Her father died in 2004, but his DNA was frozen before then. During his lifetime, the father rhino did not breed.

“Monica’s birth here at the Buffalo Zoo was a major victory for endangered species and rhinos around the world. Now it’s important to continue this great work.” Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D said. “Monica has a good chance of becoming a successful mother to many rhinos and contributing to the survival of this important species. And, while we will miss her we are thrilled to be a participant in this SSP recommendation.”

Monica’s move to San Diego will place her among the largest group of Indian rhinos, a vulnerable species, in captivity.

The Buffalo Zoo invited the community to come say goodbye to Monica before she heads out to California.

(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)
(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)

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