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First Photographs Of Uncommon Southern White Child Rhino Born At Knowsley Safari

October thirty first, 2022  — A uncommon child southern white rhinoceros has been born at Merseyside’s Knowsley Safari.

The southern white rhino calf arrived safely into the world on the night of Sunday twenty third October, to mom Meru, following a peaceful and relaxed labour.

The beginning was a welcome shock to the Knowsley Safari group as white rhinos have a gestation interval of 16 to 18 months and Meru had previous her anticipated due date so it was thought that the being pregnant might not have progressed.


The calf has spent her first few days with mum Meru within the heat and quiet of the rhino home, and already weighs a whopping 10 stone. Guests to the safari are anticipated to get a primary glimpse of her over the approaching days when she’ll enterprise out into the outside enclosure, with mum, for the very first time.

The brand new calf is the twenty second be born at Knowsley Safari and is one other success of the intensive European Affiliation of Zoos and Aquaria’s (EAZA) Ex-situ breeding programme.  The 100-acre habitat at Knowsley Safari gives loads of house for its crash of eight white rhinos and it has been very profitable breeding this species and has made a major contribution to the programme.


Mum Meru – who arrived on the safari in 1996, when she was two years outdated, from her birthplace of Edinburgh Zoo – gave beginning to the final child rhino to be born at Knowsley Safari again in 2018. She’s going to nurse the brand new calf for round a yr so guests can count on to see her sticking near her curious offspring as she explores her new environment and is launched to the remainder of the crash.

The calf is as but unnamed, and the safari shall be asking for assist to call her quickly.


Knowsley Safari’s Animal Operations Supervisor Chris Sensible stated: “That is one more very thrilling step ahead within the conservation of this species and we’re over the moon to welcome our twenty second southern white rhino calf to be born right here.

“As a really skilled mom, Meru has rapidly tailored to being a mum once more, and her calf is already up and about. Every day that passes, she turns into a bit of extra lively and is already operating round– she’s definitely very curious and assured.


“Her arrival was surprising till very just lately. Regardless of beforehand confirming the being pregnant, Meru’s due date previous so we assumed she was now not was. We didn’t see any indicators of being pregnant till just some weeks earlier than calving, when she was in its latter phases.  The keepers had been protecting a really shut eye on her and noticed the indicators of the upcoming beginning final weekend and ready the rhino home with a deep layer of straw to assist the calf to face – which usually occurs simply an hour later. It was such a contented flip of occasions.

“The entire group right here is totally delighted. Mum and calf have bonded splendidly and have been exhibiting us the entire proper indicators. Numbers of those rhinos have been so low and each single addition to the EAZA Ex-situ breeding programme is well known.


“We’re thrilled to play our half within the battle to forestall their extinction and are so happy with the nice work we’re doing to safeguard the way forward for this species. It’s wonderful to welcome one other infant.”

Southern white rhinos stay underneath menace from poaching for his or her horns. There are slightly below 16,000 left within the wild immediately making them “close to threatened” on the IUCN purple record of endangered animals.




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