Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Baby White Rhinoceros

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park just welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the family, boosting efforts to save the magnificent and endangered species.

  • 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.
  • Calf and mother are doing well under the keepers’ watchful eyes.
  • While rhinos are gregarious by nature; for now, the calf is resting, nursing and bonding with his mom.
  • 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.
  • Kendi was paired with dad Dugan through one of the Species Survival Plans overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species.
  • 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.

ICYMI – More Walt Disney World news:

  • To celebrate the two-month countdown to Christmas, Disney Parks Blog has revealed some of the new holiday apparel and items coming to Disney Parks and Resorts.
  • The Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction collection consists of a new set of merchandise each month inspired by a classic Disney attraction. Naturally, this month’s addition is themed to The Haunted Mansion and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will get an exclusive opportunity to purchase the new collection.
  • Another mode of Walt Disney World transportation will resume guest service next month. Starting on November 1st, Disney’s water transports, aptly named FriendShips, will sail guests from their hotels to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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