Anyone who loves Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park knows about the true joy of watching new baby animals be born and grow there. Baby White Rhino, Ranger, was born on October 25th, 2020. He was recently introduced to his permanent home at Kilimanjaro Safaris, and we have an update on this sweet little addition to Animal Kingdom‘s wildlife habitat.
Ranger is a White Rhinoceros, which is the second-largest land mammal. He rejoined other members of his species about two weeks ago and is acclimating well. Baby Ranger loves to wallow in the mud, which will help to protect his skin from insects and the sun. He needs to get lots of exercise, and he seems to be encouraging the adults to get moving as well! He is very playful and engages with everyone he sees. That’s good news because White Rhinos can live to be between 40 and 50 years old, so they’ll need to get along for a very long time!
White Rhinos have been in the “near threatened” category of endangerment for several years. Their protection and preservation have been an ongoing effort since it was discovered that the population had dwindled to less than 100 back in 1895. The happy news is that today, Ranger is one of 20,000 of his species. With continuing care and protection, White Rhinos have hopefully put their worst days behind them.
To see more of Ranger and his Rhino pals, be sure to ride the Kilimanjaro Safaris on your next trip to Animal Kingdom! This cute little guy won’t be little for long!
Photos courtesy of Disney