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Black rhino Ruka adjusting to life at Oregon Zoo

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The Oregon Zoo's newest rhinoceros resident is getting used to life in his new home.

Ruka, a 4-year-old male, came to Portland from the Saint Louis Zoo in July. He has yet to meet the zoo's other black rhino, a female named Zuri, but zoo staff hope the two will hit it off.

Black rhinos are considered critically endangered, with only a few thousand left in the world.

Ruka's transfer to Portland was part of a breeding program that aims to preserve the endangered species and ensure a genetically diverse population.

Staff at the Oregon Zoo have been slowly acclimating Ruka to his new home before he and Zuri meet.

Last week, Ruka had the opportunity to venture out into the zoo's Africa Savanna habitat for the first time. Staff said he was tentative at first, but he spent about 10 minutes playing in the mud and then cooled off under a hose.

Ruka is a Swahili word that means "jump" or "bounce."

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