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Endangered White Rhino Born At Disney World's Animal Kingdom

j.xseaton 10 Nov 2020

A baby white rhinoceros was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Kendi, the mother, was pregnant for 16 months, which is normal for a rhinoceros, before giving birth. Both the mother and baby are healthy and are being monitored by the care staff.

It's a boy!

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The baby rhino weighed a whopping 150lbs! The birth is part of the Species Survival Plan, led by the Association for Zoos and Aquariums to encourage responsible breeding of endangered species. His mom, Kendi, was the first white rhino born at the park in 1999.

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The baby rhino is not yet named.

For now, the baby rhino and mother are separated from the crash, which is the term for a group of rhinoceroses. The mother and baby are spending this time relaxing, nursing, and bonding. They are expected to join the crash in the upcoming weeks.

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White rhinoceroses are the second biggest land animal.

White rhino populations are threatened in the wild. Many white rhinos have been killed by poachers for their horns. It is believed that their horns can cure many diseases, but there is no medical evidence for this belief. White rhino habitat has also decreased due to agriculture and settlements. This has added further pressure on wild populations.

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These new additions to the park add to conservation efforts.

In total, 11 white rhinos have been born at the Walt Disney World Resort. Two more white rhinos are expected to be born in 2021. If you would like to see the new baby, he will be on display in the park's Kilimanjaro attraction in the coming weeks.

h/t: Walt Disney World News

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