Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbu Zoo and Aquarium

There’s A New Baby Rhino At The Wilds And It’s Freaking Precious

Cute baby animal alert!

A Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, also spectacularly known as Rhinoceros unicornis, has been born at The Wilds. The female calf was born on Saturday, August 24 and is the eighth rhino unicorn (yes, that’s what I’m calling it now) born at The Wilds.

The birth is kind of a big deal, considering the species was recently nearly extinct. The baby hasn’t been named yet, but she and her mom, Sanya, are both doing great. Calves usually weigh over 100 pounds at birth and when they’re full-grown reach a weight of 4,000 to 6,000 pounds.

Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The new calf is one of five of Sanya’s calves to have been born at The Wilds, but this is dad Jahi’s first go-round at fatherhood. The Wilds is one of only 30 facilities in North America that care for Greater One-Horned Rhinos.

Thanks to an increase in government protection and their inclusion on the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the whole world gets to admire these rhino unicorns for a while longer.

Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbu Zoo and Aquarium

“We are thrilled to welcome this little rhinoceros into our Wilds family! Every rhinoceros is important to the survival of their species. While there has been some success in rhinoceros conservation recently, unfortunately, there are still threats to all rhino species,” said Dr. Jan Ramer, vice president of The Wilds. “They are being poached for their horn, even though it is made only of keratin— the equivalent of fingernails—and they are facing habitat destruction in their native ranges. We are proud to be able to contribute to rhino conservation by welcoming this incredible new arrival, as the calf represents hope for future generations of greater one-horned rhinos.”

The new calf may be visible to guests during either an Open-Air Safari or Wildside Tour. The Wilds is currently open daily through September and then weekends only in October. For more info about visiting The Wilds, click here.

Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbu Zoo and Aquarium
Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbu Zoo and Aquarium

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