Amani: In Good Company

The northern white rhino is the most endangered animal on the planet. There are only 2 left on Earth, and both are female. But by combining innovative science and decades of world-class animal care expertise, we'll bring them back from the brink of extinction.

Playing a key role in our one-of-a-kind 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, this important first step proves that the science is working—and that hope for the northern white rhino is at our fingertips.

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Amani the rhino

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



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.

A new, state-of-the-art, indoor/outdoor camera system is being installed at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. Caretakers and veterinarians will be able to keep an extra-close eye on mother and baby around the clock, without disturbing them.

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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.


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.


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

Rhinos crossing the grassy hill at the Safari Park