Yesterday, a beautiful baby boy white rhino was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The new baby was born to the park’s white rhino, Kendi.
Typically, a rhino calf can weigh up to 140 pounds at birth, and as expected, this baby was nursing, standing, and walking around right by mom within the first hour of being born. The two will spend the next several weeks bonding backstage before joining the rest of the herd.
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Oh boy, do I have a special surprise to share with you all today. Early this morning, our beloved white rhinoceros, Kendi, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at @Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mom and calf are doing great – baby was standing up within just a few minutes, and took right to nursing. The two will spend the next several weeks bonding together backstage under the watchful eyes of our animal care team Cast Members. . #DidYouKnow rhinoceros are the second largest land animal in the world? Rhinoceros calves can weigh up to 140 pounds at birth! Swipe through for some of the precious photos our keepers snapped of this “little” guy during his first few hours in the world. . . . . #DisneyMagicofNature #DisneyAnimals #Disney #Animals #Animal #Rhinos #DisneysAnimalKingdom #WaltDisneyWorld #MoDAK #Conservation #Wildlife #Nature
Kendi was paired with dad Dugan through one of the Species Survival Plans, which are overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species. White rhinos are an endangered species with a near-threatened status. Some of their adventures in pairing will be featured in an upcoming episode of the “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” series now streaming on Disney+.
This is the first of several rhino births on the horizon. Two other rhinos at the park are also expecting; Jao is due fall 2021, and Lola will likely give birth in fall/winter 2021.
The new little rhino has not been named yet, so stay tuned!
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