The First One

Victoria is the first rhino in San Diego Zoo Global's 103-year history to become pregnant through artificial insemination, an important step in saving these gentle giants from extinction.

This special gal is part of our one-of-a-kind rescue program to save her cousin, the northern white rhino, from disappearing forever. With only 2 left on Earth, and both of them female, the northern white rhino has been poached to the brink of extinction.

But we have a plan to bring them back using cutting-edge science and decades of animal care expertise. Though Victoria and her baby are southern white rhinos, this is an important first step, proving the science is working—and that hope for the northern white rhino is at our fingertips.




A close-up of victoria the rhino as she stares into the camera




February 11, 2019

Victoria has entered her third trimester! Her baby's kicks can be seen from outside her belly, without equipment, and her veterinarians can feel the baby through her abdomen.

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Victoria's baby in ultrasound

Victoria's baby in ultrasound.



July 23, 2018

Victoria has passed her 100th day of pregnancy! As of today, she's 123 days along, and is progressing exactly as she should be.

The baby is getting harder to see at the moment since it's dropping down and the placenta is getting quite large—it can be hard to find on the ultrasound!

Every time we see that tiny southern white rhino-in the-making on the ultrasound screen, wiggling around, it makes our hearts leap. Check out that little miracle! Can you make out the shape of its body and legs along the bottom left of the screen? The most recent good measurement we were able to get was its body length: 10 cm from crown to rump.

We'll continue to update you on Victoria and her baby. Thank you for being an important part of this work. You make miracles happen!



Ultrasound image of a southern white rhino baby inside Victoria the rhino

Victoria's baby in ultrasound.


Months of gestation for a rhino pregnancy

May 18, 2018

Victoria is only about 7 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 who make the work at the Rhino Rescue Center possible.

Keep following this page for more updates on Victoria as she progresses through her pregnancy, and keep reading to learn about the challenges rhinos are facing and how you can help.


Northern white rhinos left on Earth

an ultrasound image of Victoria the rhino's embryo

An ultrasound image of Victoria's baby, taken May 15, 2018.



3 A Day

Rhinos are dying at an alarming rate: 3 are slaughtered every day. Tragically, their horn is hacked off to be sold on the black market while the animal is left to suffer and die. Decades of rampant poaching have decimated populations of these gentle giants. They now hover on the brink of extinction. As heartbreaking as this is, there is hope. We have a plan to save them—we just need you.

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You to the Rhino Rescue

Your donation to San Diego Zoo Global can help relocate rhinos to safer habitats, provide anti-poaching patrols, and rescue orphaned rhinos whose parents have been slaughtered by poachers. You're the only thing that stands between these beautiful animals and extinction.

No one knows this better than our rescued rhino, Wallis. She came to the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after poachers tried to kill her. With a bullet lodged deep in her body, our team of keepers and veterinarians cared for Wallis around the clock until the bullet was removed.

None of that would have been possible without generous donations from friends like you. Wallis was given a second chance at life. Today, she thrives alongside 5 other rescued rhinos and is part of our one-of-a-kind program to save her northern white rhino cousins.



Keeper working with southern white rhinos at the Rhino Rescue Center

A keeper greets a rhino at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center.



On the Brink of Extinction

The poaching war has taken its toll on all rhinos, but the northern white rhino has suffered worst of all. With only two left on the planet, the northern white rhino is the most endangered animal on Earth.

The Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center was built with the generous donations of friends like you. It's not just a safe haven for rescued rhinos like Wallis—it's also home to our northern white rhino recovery program.

Our world-class team of scientists, researchers, and animal care experts are developing a cutting-edge rescue program to save the northern white rhino from extinction. It’s the only program like it in the world, and it’s the last hope for the northern white rhino.



the 6 southern white rhinos roam at the Rhino Rescue Center

The female rhinos who live at the Rhino Rescue Center.



Apple of Our Eye

With a love for red apples, a knack for painting, and a gentle personality that was one-in-a-million, Nola the northern white rhino was an icon and the matriarch of our San Diego Zoo Safari Park rhino family.

Sadly, November 22, 2015, was the day we lost our beloved Nola. She was just one of only 4 northern white rhinos left on the planet. Her loss was devastating for millions of fans around the world and all of us at San Diego Zoo Global.

Now, with only 2 left in the world, the northern white rhino is the most endangered animal on Earth—and it’s a race against time to save them.

With conservation, science, and innovation coming together at the Rhino Rescue Center, we’re off to a great start. But the road ahead is long, and we need your help to keep fighting. Will you join us in saving the most endangered animal on Earth?



Nola the northern white rhino

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



Rhinos crossing the grassy hill at the Safari Park