Walt Disney World has welcomed several new bundles of joy to its Animal Kingdom park these past few months. Guests can now see five baby sable antelopes galloping on the savannah and will soon meet a new white rhino on the safaris.
Last month, Animal Kingdom expanded their animal offerings when a white rhino gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby was the third generation to be born at Animal Kingdom. Both his mother and grandmother were born at the park and can regularly be seen on the savannahs of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.
Being the third generation white rhino to be born at the park, it is no surprise that he joins eight other white rhinos, all of which were born at Animal Kingdom. The birth of white rhinos at Animal Kingdom is no longer a rarity. In fact, the park is one of the only places that is considered safe for the animal. Poachers have destroyed the white rhino population, leaving the northern white rhino extinct in the wild.
Native to central and southern Africa, the white rhino, despite its name, isn’t actually white. Instead, the rhinos are actually grey and can be recognized by their two horns on their heads. While we aren’t sure how much the new baby weighted they typically weigh up to 143 pounds at birth. Females can grow anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds while adult males can weigh up to a whopping 5,000 pounds!
In addition to caring for the new baby white rhino and the eight others in Animal Kingdom’s park, Disney World is doing their part to help other white rhinos. Several of Animal Kingdom’s cast members are board members for the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). Plus, The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund also contributes to rhino conservation, research and habitat protection projects for rhinos throughout the world. If you’re interested in helping support these white rhinos you can do so by adding a dollar to any purchase at the park, buying a sponsored pin or merchandise item, taking a trek on the Wild Africa Trek excursion or snorkeling at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. All of these attractions donate to rhino conservation.
You won’t be able to see the new white rhino at Animal Kingdom just yet, but once the baby boy is cleared you will no doubt see him roaming the savannahs on the Kilimanjaro Safaris. To do so look for discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.