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Rare White Rhino Born At Disney's Animal Kingdom In Florida

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Rare White Rhino Born At Disney's Animal Kingdom In Florida

A rare white rhino calf has been born at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.

According to Walt Disney World Resort, Kendi, a female white rhino who was born at the park over 20 years ago, gave birth to a male last month.

Mum and calf are both doing very well! You can take a look below...

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Speaking about the rhino's arrival on 25th October, Disney said: "Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park just welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the family, boosting efforts to save the magnificent and endangered species.

"After a 16-month pregnancy, the male calf was born to mom Kendi, who was the first rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom back in 1999. This birth marks the 11th white rhino calf born at Walt Disney World Resort.

"Calf and mother are doing well under the keepers' watchful eyes. While rhinos are gregarious by nature; for now, the calf is resting, nursing and bonding with his mom."

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Kendi, a female white rhino who was born at the park over 20 years ago, gave birth to a male last month (Credit: Disney Parks)
Kendi, a female white rhino who was born at the park over 20 years ago, gave birth to a male last month (Credit: Disney Parks)

The calf - who is yet to be named - will join the 'crash' (the term for a group of rhinos FYI) on the park's savanna in the next few weeks. It means guests aboard the Kilimanjaro Safari will be able to spot the little rhino in its habitat very soon.

To ensure the responsible breeding of the endangered species, mum Kendi was paired with dad Dugan through the Species Survival Plan, which was put in place by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Disney explain the animal care team are also looking after two other rhinos, who are expected to welcome new arrivals in 2021.

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The calf - who is yet to be named - will join the 'crash' in the next few weeks (Credit: Disney Parks)
The calf - who is yet to be named - will join the 'crash' in the next few weeks (Credit: Disney Parks)

"This is especially significant, as white rhinos - the world's second largest land animal - are an endangered species with a near-threatened status," they explained.

If you love rhinos, we have some news - Chester Zoo is looking for a part-time, permanent Rhino Keeper!

The role will involve the daily care and management of a variety of hoofstock species. Proven experience of working with large mammals is required. You can read more about it here!

Featured Image Credit: Disney Parks

Topics: Life News, Disney, Animals

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