INTRODUCTION: A new world campaign has been launched to save the rhinoceros from extinction.
GV TRAVELLING SHOT Giraffes at Dvur Kralove Zoo, past pens TO white rhinos pen.
SV Baby white rhino. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN FROM Parents TO baby.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A new world campaign has been launched to save the rhinoceros from extinction. Hunters in search of sexual stimulants and balms made from the born have decimated the rhinoceros herds of Africa. Even more in danger are the northern white rhinos. The World Wildlife Fund estimate there are only about 700 left in the world almost all in Sudan and northern Zaire. They want to build up a breeding nucleus of the species. One of the few small breeding herds is at the Zoo in Dvur Kralove, in north-east Czechoslovakia.
SYNOPSIS: Visitors to the Zoo see a wide range of animals but it's the Rhino pen that most make for. Conservationists have had considerable success in building up stocks of the southern white rhino and hope to do the same for its northern cousin. Apart from this breeding herd there is another herd at San Diego in the United States. Star attraction at Dvur Kralove are the baby rhinos.
The official name of the species is Ceratotherium Simum Cottoni. But this fifteen-month-old baby male is known to the public as Suni. He has an older sister who is four years old called Nasi. Their mother was born in Uganda twelve years ago. Father Saud is three years younger and hails and from the Sudan. The herd has encouraged scientists who want to save this endangered species. Thanks to zoos like this there are now nearly 3,000 southern white rhinos. They were considered extinct until a few were found and protected in Natal. Meanwhile, Suni and Nasi play in their pen delighting both the public and conservationists.