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Baby rhino gets a running start on her debut at San Diego Zoo

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Two-month-old one-horned rhino Charlees romps in her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park during her public debut on March 20, 2012.

 

San Diego Zoo: Two-month-old Charlees, whose name is Hindi for Charlie, made her public debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tuesday under blue skies after a rainstorm came through San Diego County this past weekend. The sunshine, combined with her first opportunity to explore the 40-acre Asian Savanna habitat, was a perfect mix for fun. She spent the morning running around meeting the rest of the Park’s seven-member greater one-horned rhino herd. Charlees is the 61st greater one-horned rhino born at the Safari Park since 1975, making the Park the foremost breeding facility in the world for this species. Once widespread in Southeast Asia, the greater one-horned rhinoceros now numbers approximately 2,800 and is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

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