SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
The San Francisco Zoo is celebrating the 45th birthday of the oldest black rhinoceros in North America.
The exact date of Elly’s birth isn’t known, as she was born in the wild. But she has lived at the zoo since April 1974.
Elly has given birth to 14 calves, helping preserve a critically endangered species that numbered 200,000 before 1960 throughout parts of Africa.
Zoo curator Jim Nappi says the number has dwindled to 3,000 to 5,000, due to poaching for their horns.
He says that the second-oldest black rhino in North America, if still alive, is about 38 years old and lives in Miami. There are about 60 black rhinos in North American zoos.
Elly loves beets, corn and bananas. She shares a habitat with grandson Boone.