A greater one-horned rhinoceros has been born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The cute little fellow is Australia’s first one horned rhino born into human care.
The male calf was born on October 25 to first-time mom Amala. All reports say he is doing well.
One-horned rhino’s are classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List. Currently it is reported there are less than 2700 left in the wild.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the only zoo in Australia to have three species of rhino, and it currently has three successful rhino breeding programs.
Amala has been bringing the calf into the behind the scenes yard according to zookeepers, and he is healthy and happy
The zoo’s greater one-horned rhino breeding program began in 2009 when Amala arrived from Los Angeles Zoo. Taronga already had a resident male, Dora. Dora is originally from the Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo in Japan.
Every birth of a new rhino is critical for the species; rhinos are critically endangered all over the world.
We here at ZooNation applaud this birth and give congratulations to Taronga and wish the best for this beautiful baby calf.