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SOS Rhino : In the News : White rhino family grows as Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes new girl rhino calf
 

White rhino family grows as Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes new girl rhino calf

  The Disneyland Report
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The Walt Disney World animal care team has been excited as Kendi, a first-time mom, welcomed her new baby daughter, Kayla, to Disney's Animal Kingdom family in February. At her first weigh-in on March 10, Kayla weighed 143 pounds; and as of today she weighs 233 pounds, gaining on average 3_ pounds every day. Kendi is the first of four white rhinos born at Disney's Animal Kingdom and is nearly six years old.

There are seven southern white rhinos in the herd at Disney's Animal Kingdom -- four males and three females of various ages. A rhino birth is a notable event -- in the past two years there have been 21 births in North American zoos. At one time white rhinos were nearly extinct, numbering less than 100 animals. They were protected and managed well and even now there are only approximately 11,000 worldwide, with 171 in North American zoos.

Many of the older animals in the population have not bred and it is critical to the long-term survival of the North American population for this species to continue to reproduce. The gestation period is 16 months and normally results in a single birth.

Look for Kendi and Kayla to join the other rhinos on the savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World soon.

Source: Walt Disney World Resort Press Release



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