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The six rescued southern white rhinos living at the Rhino Rescue Center are part of a special surrogacy program to save their cousins, the northern white rhino, from extinction.

All rhino species are in trouble, but the northern white rhino has suffered worst of all. With only 2 left on Earth, they’ve been poached to the brink of extinction. But we have a plan to save them, using cutting-edge science and decades of animal care expertise.

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Northern white rhinos left on the planet.

Nola, a northern white rhino

Nola, a northern white rhino who lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, circa 2015.

 

We're thrilled that two of our rescued rhinos are pregnant! Amani and Victoria are the first rhinos in our 103-year history to become pregnant through artificial insemination. Although Amani, Victoria, and their babies are southern white rhinos, this is an important first step, proving that the science is working—and that hope for the northern white rhino is at our fingertips.

 

Victoria

Victoria

1

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

12-13

Length of an adult white rhino, in feet—about the same as a Volkswagen Beetle.

Victoria's baby in ultrasound

Victoria's baby in ultrasound.

 

Follow along with Amani and Victoria throughout their pregnancies, and check here for updates along the way.

Check in on Amani

Get the latest on Victoria

 

Amani in profile

Amani

1 or 2

Number of horns rhinos have. Javan rhinos and greater one-horned rhinos have one horn. Sumatran rhinos, black rhinos, and white rhinos have two.

800-
1,000

Weight of an adult white rhino's head, in pounds, and about as much as a grand piano.

Amani's baby in ultrasound

Amani's baby in ultrasound.

 

Four white rhinos nibbling on grass.