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30 August 2019

National Geographic readers can vote for the name of a gorilla baby

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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Rwanda’s Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony, Visit Rwanda has asked National Geographic social audiences to help choose the name for one of the baby mountain gorillas being named this year. Social media users can vote for their preferred name from two options on the National Geographic Facebook page and Twitter account.

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30 August 2019

South Africa: North West to Host Tourism Expo

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The North West province is set to host the National Tourism Career Expo (NTCE) next month. The NTCE is an initiative of the National Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism as the host province. Speaking at Thursday's launch in Potchefstroom, Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela said the NTCE aims to contribute meaningfully to the economy by creating sustainable jobs.

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29 August 2019

Uganda Air Has Launched Its Maiden Flight to Mogadishu

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Uganda Air has launched its maiden flight to Mogadishu as it resumed operations after 20 years. According to Uganda's transport ministry, the airline has lined up four Bombardier Aircrafts and placed two orders for air buses expected next year for the commercial flight business. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who represented President Yoweri Museveni, described the moment as joyous and historic given that the carrier had earlier collapsed in 2001.

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29 August 2019

New Atta Members this month - August 2019

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Apex Photo Safaris - African Based Travel Specialist - Kenya Lake Duluti Lodge - Accommodation Suppliers - Tanzania RCJM Travel & Tours - African Based Travel Specialist - South Africa

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29 August 2019

Application for Membership - Marasa Africa Lodges

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Marasa Africa Lodges has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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28 August 2019

It's time to break the deadlock over Africa's ivory trade: here's how

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Fierce debates over ivory have dominated the global conference for the international trade in species for 30 years, since the first international ivory ban was instituted in 1989. This is no different at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) wrapping up in Switzerland this week.

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28 August 2019

Application for Membership - Bellavista Safaris

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Bellavista Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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27 August 2019

Scientists harvest eggs of last two surviving white rhino to pull species from brink of extinction

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A Jurassic Park-style plan to bring back an effectively extinct species took a step towards being realised after scientists successfully harvested eggs from world's last two northern white rhino.

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27 August 2019

Uganda Airlines returns to the skies

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Uganda’s national carrier, Uganda Airlines, on Tuesday started its commercial flights with the first one heading to Nairobi, Kenya. While launching the flight at Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who represented President Yoweri Museveni, described the moment as joyous and historic given that the carrier had earlier collapsed in 2001.

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26 August 2019

Application for Membership - First Light Safaris

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First Light Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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22 August 2019

Rwanda: Destination Kivu Belt - a New Hiking Trail Is Set to Boost Cultural Tourism and Inform About Colonial History

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The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH carried out a three-day familiarization trip to promote cultural tourism as a lucrative and exciting experience. The trip was conducted under the theme "Discovering the Richard Kandt Trail". The participants of the familiarization trip included local tour operators, media houses, representatives from MINISPOC, the Rwanda Tourism Chamber, INMR and GIZ.

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22 August 2019

New cruise terminal to boost tourism, jobs in SA

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Construction work on the new R200 million Durban Cruise Terminal at South Africa’s busiest cruise port will commence in November and is due to be completed in 2021. This was confirmed by the MD for MSC Cruises South Africa, Ross Volk, who was speaking at a media briefing in Sandton on Tuesday, adding that this is part of significant investments by the Italian, family-owned company into the country’s booming cruise tourism industry.

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21 August 2019

Application for Membership - Vamoos

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Vamoos has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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20 August 2019

Application for Membership - Cape Grace

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Cape Grace has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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20 August 2019

Ethiopian Airlines Adds New York's JFK Airport to Its Network

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Ethiopian Airlines, one of the fastest growing African carriers, has started three weekly services to John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York via Abidjan. JFK is the sixth busiest airport in the United States and an international gateway into North America.

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19 August 2019

Rwanda: American Tourists to Rwanda Grow By 114% - Travel Agencies Say

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Numbers of American tourists to Rwanda have grown by 114 per cent year on year, according to data from an international travel agency network. The agency network, Virtuoso in their latest data release noted that Rwanda was among the top 10 countries that have experienced significant increases by percentage in year-over-year bookings among American travellers at 114 per cent.

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19 August 2019

18th CITES Conference votes to end export of wild-caught elephants into captivity

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The 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties has voted to end practice of removing live African elephants from the wild for export to captive facilities. CITES is the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Iris Ho, senior wildlife specialist for wildlife programmes and policy for Humane Society International, said:

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16 August 2019

New visa process in Tanzania

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Please be aware that with immediate effect Kilimanjaro airport has changed the process of issuing visas on arrival. Clients arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa now need to complete the following process: Queue for a Government Control Number, Queue to pay for this at the bank, Queue for Immigration to check and issue the visa.

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16 August 2019

Africa yet to unleash full potential of its nature-based tourism

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Countries in Africa can do more to develop tourism in protected areas, which would in turn create jobs in rural places, diversify and grow their economies and improve environmental resilience in the face of growing pressures, a report has said. Africa’s biodiversity could “transform” the continent’s economy, but at present many governments are scaling back on protection because of limited budgets needed for other pressing public needs, a report produced by conservation organization Space for Giants Club and the UN Environment Programme said. To preserve their wildlife and wild places, governments should look at protected areas not only as environmental assets but economic ones as well, with the continent’s 8,400 protected areas producing US$48 billion in revenue.

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16 August 2019

Application for Membership - African Safari Walks

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African Safari Walks has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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15 August 2019

Home Affairs implements visa waivers for four countries which are among the big tourist sending nations

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The Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is pleased to announce that nationals from four of the seven countries he granted visa-free status during his Budget Vote speech will be able to travel to South Africa without visas from today. He said the Department would implement visa waivers for Ghana, Cuba and Principe and Sao Tome after negotiations with these countries have been concluded. The Department is scheduled to complete these negotiations by the end of August 2019 and the implementation will follow soon thereafter.

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15 August 2019

Application for Membership - RCJM Travel & Tours

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RCJM Travel & Tours has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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14 August 2019

How a newborn rhino could help to save his subspecies cousins from extinction

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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 99th baby southern white rhinoceros was born recently, but the arrival of “Edward” sparked much more widespread interest than the previous 98 births of his subspecies. That’s because Edward’s conception occurred not through natural mating but via artificial insemination. He is the first southern white rhino born through artificial reproduction in the United States. The world’s five rhino species all live under severe threats to their survival, including from poaching and shrinking habitat. Some species, such as the greater one-horned rhino, number in the thousands and are considered critically endangered. The Javan and Sumatran rhinos of Asia, by contrast, are near extinction.

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14 August 2019

Application for Membership - Lake Duluti Lodge

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Lake Duluti Lodge has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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13 August 2019

Singapore announces 2021 ban on domestic elephant ivory trade

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Singapore will ban the domestic trade in ivory from September 2021, the government said on Monday, shutting the door to an important end-market for poached elephant ivory. Demand for ivory from Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, where it is turned into jewels and ornaments, has led to a surge in poaching across Africa. The international trade in ivory has been banned since 1990 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international treaty signed by most countries.

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13 August 2019

Ethiopian airlines increases connectivity to Mozambique

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Improved connectivity across the African continent is always a win for the traveller. The most recent addition is the announcement that Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, is launching a three-weekly flight services to the city of Beira in central Mozambique via Malawi, effective from Tuesday, 3 September 2019. Beira is the fourth largest and one of the main commercial cities in Mozambique and will serve as a gateway to most of the countries in Central Africa with potential tourist attractions, says the airline.

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12 August 2019

Tanzania has largest number of lions in Africa, new report says

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Tanzania has the largest number of lions compared to other African countries, a new report says. There are estimated to be between 14,000 and 15,000 lions in the country today, thanks to an extensive network of protected areas in form of national parks, game reserves which form at least 300,000 square kilometres. "This ensures sufficient space for the lions to hunt (feed) and breed and protection from human disturbance and for the ecological balance needed for their survival," said Dr Dennis Ikanda, Principal Research Officer in charge of Carnivore Ecology and Conservation at the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (Tawiri) yesterday.

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12 August 2019

The Economic Impact of Global Wildlife Tourism - WTTC

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Each year, the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is worth at least USD 23 billion. IWT is the fourth largest category of illegal global trade and is responsible for threatening a broad range of endangered species. Protecting wildlife is therefore an immense challenge. The global Travel & Tourism sector is an important part of the world economy accounting for 10.4% of global GDP and supporting one in ten jobs on the planet (319 million). Quantifying the value of wildlife tourism as an important niche within global Travel & Tourism is a crucial step towards providing the data that helps prove the economic value of protecting wildlife habitats; acting as a positive counterbalance to environmentally destructive yet economically profitable practices.

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09 August 2019

Join the Business of Conservation Conference, Kigali, September 8th and 9th

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The African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation will host the second annual Business of Conservation Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on September 8th and 9th with optional events hosted on September 7th.

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09 August 2019

Addo Elephant Park has a new marine protected area

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A total of 1 127 square kilometres of sandy beaches, rocky shores, reefs, an estuary and islands, were last Thursday officially declared as the Addo Elephant National Park Marine Protected Area (MPA). “A marine protected area is an area of coastline or ocean that is specifically protected for the benefit of people and nature,” said Fayroush Ludick, Regional Communications Manager at SANParks. “They help manage part of the marine environment to rebuild fisheries populations, keep marine ecosystems working properly and protect the range of species living there.”

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08 August 2019

City of Cape Town's partnership with New York City to attract foreign direct investment

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The co-marketing agreement between the City of Cape Town and New York City is expected to increase the demand for travel between the two cities and assist in attracting foreign direct investment into Cape Town. In a statement, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for economic opportunities James Vos said the partnership received an extra boost with the recent announcement of a direct flight between Cape Town and New York, which will be introduced later this year.

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08 August 2019

Application for Membership - Mayo Wynne Baxter

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Mayo Wynne Baxter has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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07 August 2019

Nyeri to open two routes for climbing Mt Kenya

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The Nyeri government plans to open two more routes for hikers climbing Mt Kenya, Governor Mutahi Kahiga has said. The new routes – Burguret and Kabaru – will be opened this financial year. Kahiga on Monday said the Burguret route is more direct and the government will build a road to ensure climbers go as close to the mountain as possible. The two new routes will be murramed to ease access and make the journey more exciting to use than the traditional ways. “These routes are going to increase the income of residents, especially where we have mountain climbers and guides. They will be able to move the tourists and ensure they really get to the areas of their choice,” he said.

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07 August 2019

South Africa's high court rules lion bone export quota 'unlawful'

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The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, in a groundbreaking judgment Tuesday morning set aside former minister Edna Molewa’s quotas set in 2017 and 2018 for the exportation of lion bones. Judge Jody Kollapen declared the quota set in 2017 on 800 lion bones and the 2018 quota of 1 500 lion bones as unlawful and constitutionally invalid.

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06 August 2019

Air Tanzania Eyes London Flight Launch

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Air Tanzania has secured three landing slot pairs for London’s Gatwick Airport, heralding in the news that they will soon be serving London – Kilimanjaro direct! As revealed by African Business Communities, Air Tanzania has made moves to serve London directly from their hub at Dar es Salaam (DAR) via Kilimanjaro to Gatwick (LGW), every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The route will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (one of two that has been delivered). This will also be the airline’s first route into Europe, a bold move from the normally exclusively domestic carrier.

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06 August 2019

Kenya launches “Ivory Trade is a Rip Off” campaign

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In a fresh effort to raise awareness and curb the illegal trade in ivory, Kenya has launched a new wildlife conservation campaign dubbed “Ivory Trade is a Rip Off”. The campaign calls for the listing of the African Elephant in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – which includes species threatened with extinction – at the Convention’s upcoming 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) following the dwindling numbers of elephants as a result of poaching. It is supported by 31 other African states under the African Elephant Coalition.

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05 August 2019

Dar es Salaam commissions new airport terminal

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The much-awaited new terminal at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania was officially commissioned and opened by president John Joseph Magufuli last week. The international traffic will now be handled through the new terminal, giving passengers relief from the overcrowded old Terminal 2. The new facility is expected to cater 6 million passengers per annum while the overall airport capacity including the old terminals is anticipated to be around 7.5 million passengers. In April 2014, former Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete laid the foundation stone of the new terminal. The old international terminal is now due for refurbishment and technical upgrading and will then be used for domestic flights.

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05 August 2019

Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise

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Last summer, not long after releasing a pioneer pack of 14 African wild dogs into Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park as part of an ambitious wildlife restoration effort, Paola Bouley went to see for herself what in the name of Canis major could have happened to the wild dog pups. As Gorongosa’s carnivore expert, Ms. Bouley knew that Beira, the alpha female of the pack, had been pregnant when the dogs were set free. She knew that the closely bonded and highly endangered apex predators had dug a maternity den for their queen, and that Beira had spent a lot of time down there — until one day, she didn’t. She and the pack had moved on. But where were the pups?

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02 August 2019

Air Seychelles celebrates the arrival of Africa's first A320 Neo in Mahe

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Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has today become the first airline in the Indian Ocean and Africa to take delivery of a new Airbus A320neo aircraft into its international fleet. Named “Veuve” after the most critically endangered bird commonly known as the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, the single aisle aircraft registered as S7-VEV comprised of 12 Business Class and 156 Economy Class seats. Touching down at the Seychelles International Airport “Veuve” was welcomed by a ceremonial water-cannon salute witnessed by high-level government dignitaries, stakeholders, members of travel and trade as well as media partners.

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02 August 2019

Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail 'fantastic victory'

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Malawi’s highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and environmental charities who beat off challenges from some of the country’s big manufacturers. The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags in 2015, but the move was overturned by the high court after a number of plastic manufacturers who operate in the southern-east African nation obtained an injunction, citing an “infringement of business rights”. Delivering the verdict on Thursday, a panel of seven judges dismissed the appeal. Companies who violate the ban face fines and the closure of their factories.

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01 August 2019

State urged to market tourism sites in Mt Kenya region

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Nyeri is betting on online platforms to increase the number of tourists visiting the county as hoteliers urge the government to market Mt Kenya region as a tourism destination. The county has already completed mapping tourism and heritage sites, published books and released a documentary that it will use to advertise the attractions with the help of the National Museums of Kenya.

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01 August 2019

Baby rhino is America's first born from artificial insemination

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The bumbling, sleepy rhino calf at San Diego Zoo is sure to delight animal lovers around the world. But for conservation scientists, his birth has additional meaning – it marks a significant step toward saving wild rhino populations from the edge of extinction. The newborn southern white rhino is the first in North America, and the third in the world, born as the result of artificial insemination. His mother Victoria, who carried the calf for 493 days, stayed calm during her 30-minute labor on Sunday, the zoo announced.

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