Virginia Zoo hopes male white rhino's arrival leads to babies

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC/AP) - A male white rhinoceros has arrived at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, with zoo keepers hoping it will breed with two females there.

The zoo said 11-year-old Sibindi arrived over the weekend from the White Oak Conservation Center near Jacksonville, Florida.

Virginia Zoo executive director Greg Bockheim said less than 20,000 white rhinos are left in the wild, down from more than 70,000 in the 1960s. He said he hopes the breeding at the zoo would "contribute to the future of the species."

Sibindi weighs about 3,800 pounds and is 6 feet tall. The zoo will keep him in quarantine for 30 days, but visitors will be able to seem from the windows inside the rhino barn.

Once Sibindi's quarantine ends, he will gradually be introduced to the outside exhibit and its two female rhinos, Bora and Zina.

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