BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Zoo will say goodbye to one of its residents by the end of the month.
Monica, the Indian rhinoceros, is heading west to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The move is part of a breeding program recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Program. The goal of the program is to ensure the survival of threatened or endangered species.
Monica was born at the Buffalo Zoo to mom Tashi in 2014. Her birth was considered somewhat of a miracle of science, the result of artificial insemination.
"Monica's birth here at the Buffalo Zoo was a major victory for endangered species and rhinos around the world. Now it's important to continue this great work," said Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna Fernandes. "Monica has a good chance of becoming a successful mother to many rhinos and contributing to the survival of this important species."
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park houses the largest group of Indian rhinos in captivity. By going there, Monica will be joining the most successful managed-care breeding program for rhinos anywhere in the world.
The zoo is inviting WNY to come and see Monica and say goodbye before she leaves for her new home.