The Wilds Has an Adorable New Baby Rhino

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
A greater one-horned rhinoceros calf, which was born Aug. 24, 2019, at The Wilds

Oh baby! The Wilds has announced the birth of a greater one-horned rhinoceros, and she’s likely to induce some oohs and aahs among animal lovers.

The female calf was born Aug. 24 at the conservation center in Cumberland, east of Columbus. According to an announcement from The Wilds, she is the eighth of her species born at the facility, which is managed by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Baby and her mother, Sanya, are doing well, according to the announcement. Baby one-horned rhinos can top 100 pounds when they are born, and adults tip the scales at 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. The species nearly went extinct in the 20th century.

This is the fifth birth for Sanya, who arrived at The Wilds in 2004 and was born at the Toledo Zoo. Jahi, the first-time father, has been at The Wilds since 2017 after spending time at the Central Florida Zoo and Zoo Tampa, where he was born in 2011.

The rhino calf is in the pasture with her mom, so visitors might be able to get a peek during an Open-Air Safari or Wildside Tour. The Wilds, which has three greater one-horned rhinos, is one of 30 facilities in North America with this species. It also has 15 southern white rhinos.

“Every rhinoceros is important to the survival of their species. While there has been some success in rhinoceros conservation recently, unfortunately, there are still threats to all rhino species. They are being poached for their horn, even though it is made only of keratin—the equivalent of fingernails—and they are facing habitat destruction in their native ranges. We are proud to be able to contribute to rhino conservation by welcoming this incredible new arrival,” said Jan Ramer, vice president of The Wilds, in the announcement.

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