Eastern black rhino born at Sioux Falls zoo

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History announced today the birth of a rare Eastern Black Rhino.

The birth is not only exciting for the Zoo, officials said, but it is also important for the rhino population worldwide. Eastern Black Rhinos are critically endangered animals, with fewer than 4,000 remaining in the wild. The Zoo holds one of only 15 pairs of Eastern Black Rhinos recommended for breeding in 2009-2010, and only three other calves have been born this year in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos in the U.S.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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