“Calf and mother are doing well under the keepers’ watchful eyes,” the park said in the release. “While rhinos are gregarious by nature; for now, the calf is resting, nursing and bonding with his mom.”
The rhino will join the “crash,” or group of rhinos, at the theme park’s savannah, where visitors can see the calf in its habitat while aboard the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, the park said.
Kendi and Dugan, the father of the baby, were paired through a Species Survival Plan led by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which oversee the “responsible breeding of endangered species,” according to the release.
Both subspecies of white rhinos — the northern and southern white rhino — face detrimental risks that threaten their populations.
In the late 19th century, game hunting had forced the southern white rhino to the brink of extinction. By 2011, the subspecies had increased to over 17,000 from less than 50, thanks to the work of HiP and other conservation groups.