October 28, 2020
Endangered White Rhino Born at Disney's Animal Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - On Sunday, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the family. After a 16-month pregnancy, the male calf weighing approximately 150 pounds 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. The yet-to-be-named rhino is expected to join the "crash" – the term for a group of rhinos – on the theme park's savanna in the coming weeks. Guests aboard the park's Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction will then have a chance to see the calf in its habitat.
The animal care team is also caring for two other rhinos expected to give birth in 2021. This is especially significant, as white rhinos – the world's second largest land animal – are an endangered species with a near-threatened status.
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