Celebrating Amani

The northern white rhino is the most endangered animal in the world. There are only 2 left on the planet and neither is able to breed, so we're working with partners around the globe to save them from extinction, using groundbreaking science, brand new technology, and decades of world-class animal care expertise.

Playing a key role in our rescue program, Amani is the second rhino in San Diego Zoo Global's 103-year history to become pregnant through artificial insemination. She follows in the footsteps of her fellow rescue rhino, Victoria. While Amani, Victoria, and their babies are southern white rhinos, these successes prove that the science is working—and that hope for the northern white rhino is at our fingertips.

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Future, a southern white rhino calf, explores the big yard at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center

Future has an independent streak and sometimes wanders to the other side of the habitat on her own. Amani seems comfortable with it⁠—she keeps an eye on Future but lets her explore at her own pace.

350+

Future's weight, in pounds, at about 2 months old.

February 13, 2020

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Future and Edward have been officially introduced! Last week, the calves and their mothers shared the big yard for the first time, and everything went perfectly.

At first, mothers Amani and Victoria showed their protective natures by facing off with each other while their calves stayed close. But very quickly, they realized that there was no threat to the young rhinos and allowed them to interact. Read more about their first meeting.

Future is starting to eat small amounts of banana and even has a few teeth erupting. She likes to run in the morning, just like Edward, and is meeting her developmental milestones right on time. Amani is still interested in engaging with the rhino care team throughout the day.

 

 

Future, a southern white rhino calf, explores the big yard with her mother, Amani, at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center

At nearly three months old, Future is feisty but very sweet. She enjoys receiving scratches from the rhino care team and playing with water dishes.

Banana

Future's first solid food.

January 16, 2020

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Amani and Future are thriving! Amani is still her calm, easy-going self. Future is feisty, but very sweet, and loves receiving scratches from the team as much as Edward does.

Future has explored the big yard and even howdied with Victoria and Edward—she’s ready to make new friends! Edward is still a little shy, but Victoria and Amani seem comfortable with one another and the calves. We think they’ll all be ready for full introductions soon.

 

 

Southern white rhino calf, Future, plays happily in the mud

Future plays happily in the mud.

Freeze!

Future loves scratches from her rhino care team and will stand very, very still while she receives them.

December 26, 2019

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Future weighs 255 pounds and spends her free time running around the barn and smaller yards, just like Edward did. She loves scratches from the rhino care team and stands still with her side presented, anticipating that someone will bend down and scratch her—it's adorable.

We need to fill in some erosion in the big yard before Future can explore it. The recent heavy rains have washed out some areas and made the ground uneven, so we want to "baby-proof" it for her, first.

Future howdied with "Aunt" Wallis, Amani’s closest companion, and it went very well. Wallis has been playing gently with Edward and seems very fond of the little ones. We're excited for a full introduction between Future and Wallis when the time comes.

 

 

Southern white rhino calf, Future, rolls happily in the mud

Future excels at covering herself in mud.

255

Future's weight, in pounds, at just over 1 month old.

December 9, 2019

She Has a Name!

Named after a strong female leader and past president of a foundation which has generously supported our groundbreaking program, Amani's calf has been named Future.

Future is the first female calf born at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. She’s also the 100th southern white rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the 188th rhino born in our care.

Find out more about why we chose Future for her name.

 

 

Southern white rhino calf, Future, is already displaying a feisty personality

Future is already displaying a feisty personality.

193

Future's weight, in pounds, at 2 weeks old.

November 26, 2019

We're so excited to share this news with you!

Amani gave birth to a healthy female calf at 12:46 a.m. on November 21, 2019! The calf is doing well and has gotten the hang of nursing.

Up until she went into labor, Amani was her typical, calm self. We were waiting for her to show some kind of need to isolate herself, but it never really happened. She continued to spend time near Wallis, another rhino at the Rescue Center, who was chosen to be Amani's pregnancy buddy.

We began monitoring Amani around the clock a few days before she gave birth, when she started to show physical changes that indicated her labor was near. Amani had a quick, calm labor, surrounded by her rhino care team. The baby took a breath immediately and there were no complications.

Amani and her baby are doing very well and are still being monitored by the rhino care team.

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Amani and her calf, a little girl

Amani and her baby are doing very well. They're resting and bonding in the special maternity area of the barn at the Rhino Rescue Center.

132

Weight of Amani's calf, in pounds, when she was born.

November 12, 2019

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

This July, we were thrilled to welcome Edward, the first rhino ever born at the Rhino Rescue Center. Since then, we’ve been watching and marveling at his development under the loving eye of his awesome mom, Victoria. And now we’re about to experience that heart-swelling joy all over again—another little rhino is expected any day now!

Amani is still doing very well, and we’re officially within her delivery window. We’re continuing once-a-week abdominal ultrasounds, and we can occasionally see the baby kick from outside her abdomen!

 

 

Amani, a southern white rhino, walks through her yard at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Amani means "peace" in Swahili. Before her name was decided upon, Amani was affectionately called "Big Girl" because of her naturally large size. She's even larger than Maoto, the Rhino Rescue Center’s resident male rhino.

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12/8

The anticipated delivery window for Amani's calf.

November 2, 2019

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Amani is quickly approaching her due date. We’ve seen some physical changes this week and we're monitoring her closely. She's starting to slow down a bit, which is normal and expected. She's spending the nights in the maternity area of the barn with another rhino, Wallis, who is her pregnancy buddy.

We were very fortunate to have such a smooth, textbook delivery when Victoria gave birth to Edward, but we are still prepared for any scenario with Amani.

 

 

Amani, a southern white rhino, and ultrasounds of her developing baby

We're conducting once-a-week ultrasounds to monitor Amani's calf. We can no longer identify any specific body parts on the calf, because it has gotten so large!

480 to 540

Number of days in a rhino pregnancy.

September 28, 2019

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Amani is doing very well. She’s about 5-6 weeks away from her due date, which coincides with the 4-year anniversary of the rhinos’ arrival from South Africa! It's amazing to think about what this collaborative effort has accomplished in just 4 years.

She’s still enjoying all of her favorite foods, including orchard hay, produce, and pellets. She’s attentive and eager during weekly abdominal ultrasounds. We can see the fetus, but can’t identify any specific body parts because the calf is so large, now!

 

 

Amani, a southern white rhino

Amani is friendly, curious, and loves attention from the rhino care team. She also loves all kinds of treats. Her favorite foods are orchard hay, produce, and special rhino pellets, which are made of compressed hay and fortified with vitamins and other nutrients.

594

Number of pounds Amani has gained since becoming pregnant.

August 22, 2019

Updates from Amani's Rhino Care Team:

Amani just passed day 400 of her approximately 480-day pregnancy! She weighs 4,994 pounds.

Her calf is very active during weekly abdominal ultrasounds. Amani's side twitches as the calf moves around. It's hard to identify any of the baby's body parts for the moment, because of the way it's positioned.

Amani's behavior hasn't changed; she's still very cooperative during ultrasounds and health checks. She's enduring the hottest months of the year in this last trimester, so we're making sure she has lots of muddy wallows to relax in.

We're repeating the same preparations we made before Victoria's labor and delivery.

 

 

Amani the southern white rhino

Amani, a southern white rhino who lives at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, is making history.

4,400

Amani's weight, in pounds, before her pregnancy.

June 10, 2019

Amani’s baby is expected in November or December of 2019. Her caretakers report that she's slowing down a little and taking it easy. This is normal and expected. She's appreciating extra attention and snacks.

February 6, 2019

Amani has reached day 205 of her pregnancy, almost the middle of her second trimester. Her baby’s feet are nearly 5 cm wide now—about the same as a large paperclip.

 

 

Amani's baby in ultrasound

Amani's baby in ultrasound, February 2019.

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Rhino calves depend on their mothers for up to 4 years.

September 18, 2018

Amani is only about 10 weeks along, and rhino pregnancies last 16-18 months. It’s early in her pregnancy, and the road ahead is long, but we’re so excited to share this wonderful news. Donors like you make the work at the Rhino Rescue Center possible.

 

 

An ultrasound image of Amani's baby

Amani's baby in ultrasound, September 2018.

1

Number of rhino babies at a time. Twins are rare.

Rhinos crossing the grassy hill at the Safari Park
rhino mom and baby

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