ZooTampa welcomes newborn southern white rhino – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-06-12 12:02:07 –

Tampa, Florida-ZooTampa has announced the addition of a baby white rhino to its family.

The calf was born overnight on Sunday, June 6, 2021, according to zoo officials. The female calf and her mother, 20-year-old Alake, are fine. The zoo says Alake is an experienced mother.

Lowry Park Zoo

“Baby rhinos look strong and are breastfeeding with their mother. This birth is the eighth Southern White Rhinoceros calf born at ZooTampa.”-Lowry Park Zoo

Alake has been paired with male Ongava through a program called Species Survival Plans (SSP) run by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). This program aims to ensure the survival of protected species.

“The rest of these babies and herds of Southern White Rhinoceros are great ambassadors for their species, giving guests the opportunity to connect and appreciate these magnificent animals.” Dr. Larry Kilmer, Chief Zoology Officer, said. “The zoo’s efforts to save this species are yet another example of the leadership role ZooTampa plays in protecting important species in the country and around the world.”

Baby rhinos have not yet been named and are expected to join the “crash” (a rhino group term) in the coming weeks.

You can see your baby on the new Expedition Wild Africa, which is about to open.

According to the zoo, the Southern White Rhinoceros population dropped to an estimated 50-200 in the early 20th century, but conservation efforts have restored the population of African native white rhinos to about 20,400. However, the species remains classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as nearly threatened by wild threats from habitat loss and illegal poaching of horns.

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