One-Horned Rhino Born at Wilds Animal Preserve

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Cumberland, OH—The Wilds welcomed a greater one-horned rhinoceros calf, who was born at the conservation center on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The female calf is receiving care from her mother and is the eighth greater one-horned rhino to be born at The Wilds. The birth is a significant achievement as the species nearly went extinct during the 20th century. The calf and mom, Sanya, are doing well and have been bonding in pasture on The Wilds property. The Animal Management team has been monitoring the pair closely and has not needed to provide any immediate assistance as Sanya is an experienced mother and the calf appears to be strong and healthy. Calves usually weigh more than 100 pounds at birth and gain a few pounds every day. An adult greater one-horned rhino can reach weights of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. Sanya, born at the Toronto Zoo in 1999, has now given birth to five calves since arriving at The Wilds in 2004. The calf’s father, Jahi, was born at Zoo Tampa in 2011, moved to the Central Florida Zoo in 2013 and then arrived at The Wilds in 2017 as per a breeding recommendation through the Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain genetic diversity of threatened and endangered species in human care. This newborn is Jahi’s first offspring. The Wilds, home to three greater one-horned rhinos, is one of only 30 facilities in North America to care for this species. The Wilds is also home to 15 southern white rhinos. In total, more than 500 animals representing 28 species from around the world make up the animal population at the open-range, natural landscape at The Wilds.

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