The Toronto Zoo got a Christmas present this year of a new Baby White Rhino, the first to be born at the Toronto Zoo in 27 years. This is great news for the zoo as well as for an animal which was nearly eradicated in the late 19th century; estimates had only 20 to 50 White Rhinos on the planet. The species is doing much better, as of 2010 there were about 20,000 of them, and they are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “near threatened” instead of “extinct”.
The first 30 days after the birth are a critical time for the young calf, born at 62kg on Christmas Eve, and his mother, 7 year old Zohari, who will be monitored by camera in an indoor maternity area. This means that visitors will have to wait a while to see the as-of-yet unnamed calf.
However the Zoo did release a video to give everyone a first look;
Toronto Zoo White Rhino Zohari With Calf
By: Toronto Zoo
From: Toronto Zoo/Youtube
Image and information from Toronto Zoo on Youtube.