PHOTO - Endangered White Rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Oct 26, 2020 in "Kilimanjaro Safaris"

Posted: Monday October 26, 2020 9:08am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A baby white rhinoceros was born yesterday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - the 11th white rhino birth at Walt Disney World.

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. 

According to the park, the calf and mother are doing well under the keepers’ watchful eyes.

The yet-to-be-named rhino is expected to join the “crash” – the term for a group of rhinos – on the theme park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna in the coming weeks.

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.

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JoeCamelFeb 24, 2021

If it works out either he or some of him will be distributed to other breeding programs to expand the gene pool as much as possible, sometimes this is a permanent relocation

Walt dFeb 23, 2021

Welcome home ranger” you have it made. Now its just having fun, disney style!!

dreday3Feb 23, 2021

So great!

DCBakerJan 12, 2021

Now has a name!

nickysNov 01, 2020

What I especially love is that Mom Kendi was the first white rhino to be born at AK. Things have come full circle .

wdwmagicOct 30, 2020

MovieloverOct 29, 2020

"Due to the additional mouth to feed, Disney is announcing another series of front line cast member layoffs to make up the cost says CEO Bob after receiving his weekly bonus"...

jaklgreenOct 29, 2020

What is great is that all 3 of the females are having babies. This is the first one.

DisneyOutsiderOct 27, 2020

You joke.. but every so often these baby animal announcement threads take a wild turn.

RichKermitFanOct 27, 2020

Waiting for people on this page to complain about something to do with this.

Walt dOct 27, 2020

This is great..keeping the species alive. I like. Rhinos...

Parker in NYCOct 26, 2020

So adorable.

DisneyfanmanOct 26, 2020

This really made my day!