Second dam Keyah, 12, gave birth to a male calf at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Bewdley-based attraction, after a 16-month pregnancy.
The calf underwent a brief health check from the keepers, who were able to confirm he was at a healthy weight – and the youngster has already taken his first steps in his pen.
The birth is Safari Park’s second celebration in a matter of weeks – following the birth of another southern white rhino, named Jambo, about six weeks ago. Jambo and the currently unnamed calf share the same father, and the two brothers will grow up together on the park drive safari.
Angela Potter, Wildlife Manager at West Midland Safari Park, said: “We are delighted to welcome another new calf to our southern white rhino crash. motherhood, and she will definitely be busy as her boy finds his feet.
“Celebrating another rhino birth here in the park is a fantastic achievement and highlights the important role we need to play by being part of the EU Endangered Species Program.
“Raising awareness of the vital conservation efforts needed to protect the five rhino species in the wild will always be the driving force behind our work here.
“It’s also the first time we’ve had two calves born so closely together, so we can’t wait to see them grow up together, which will likely cause all kinds of harm during the safari.”
As the fifth white rhino to be born at Safari Park in the past five years, the latest birth further underscores the attraction’s commitment to continuing its breeding program – which aims to create a reserve population of animals. listed as “near threatened”. on the IUCN Red List. At last count, just over 20,000 wild southern white rhinos remained in South Africa, due to threats such as poaching and habitat loss.
The newborn has yet to be named and the park is asking the public to make the final decision via the attraction’s Facebook page from a shortlist of names provided by its caretakers, which will take place later this week. The name will begin with “J”, as all names of babies born at the park in 2021 will begin with this letter.
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