Born on May 17, 2017
A male black rhinoceros calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on May 17, 2017. Moyo (pronounced MOY-oh), which means “heart” in Swahili, is the second offspring for mother Kati Rain (pronounced Katie Rain) and father Ajabu (pronounced ah-JAH-boo). The little male is nursing well and being cared for by his mother.
Moyo weighed in at 130 pounds at 1 week old and tipped the scales at 205 pounds at 1 month old.
This is the second black rhino to be born at the Zoo in 26 years and only the 10th in Saint Louis Zoo history. A male calf named Ruka was born to the same parents in 2011. At age 4, Ruka moved to the Oregon Zoo in summer 2015 to pair with a compatible female there, as recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Black Rhino Species Survival Plan® (SSP).
Kati Rain and Ajabu arrived at the Zoo’s River’s Edge in 2007. Kati Rain is from Sedgwick County Zoo, and Ajabu from San Diego Zoo Safari Park. At the time of Moyo's birth, both parents were 13 years old.
The Saint Louis Zoo’s black rhinos are part of the AZA Black Rhino SSP, a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in North American zoos. With the addition of Moyo, there are currently 60 Eastern black rhinos in 26 AZA institutions.