Victoria's calf is a boy!

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Breaking News: It’s a Boy!

Exciting New Arrival at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center

Victoria, a southern white rhino who lives at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, gave birth to her calf just before 6 p.m. last night (July 28, 2019)!

He is the 186th rhino born at the Safari Park, and the first southern white rhino born by artificial insemination in North America. This is a groundbreaking milestone in our cutting-edge program to save these gentle giants from extinction.

Already Up and About

After 16 months of gestation, Victoria’s labor only lasted about 30 minutes. Keepers prepared a maternity area for mother and baby, cushioned by hay, and stood alongside veterinarians to welcome the new arrival into the San Diego Zoo Global family.

Shortly after getting used to his wobbly little legs, he made his way over to Victoria and started nursing. Weighing around 125 pounds at birth, the calf will continue nursing around the clock and gain up to 25 pounds per week for his first year!

Over the next few days, weeks, and months, mom and baby will continue to bond, and Victoria will get some much-needed rest! Follow their journey from wherever you are.

Victoria and her calf are doing well

Victoria and her calf are resting and bonding. Their health is being monitored around-the-clock.

A Conservation Milestone

Decades of poaching have taken their toll on rhinos worldwide, but none has suffered worse than the northern white rhino. With only 2 left on the entire planet, we’re working with partners around the globe to save them before it’s too late.

Through generous support from friends like you, we built the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. At this state-of-the-art sanctuary, we’re developing the cutting-edge science needed to save these magnificent animals. And this big bundle of joy brings us one step closer to saving his northern white rhino cousins through our one-of-kind surrogacy program.

On behalf of all of us at San Diego Zoo Global, thank you for your continued support. Miracles like this aren’t possible without you! You bring hope to these incredible animals, and bring us closer to saving them from extinction—one rhino at a time!

rhino mom and baby


Although the Zoo and Safari Park are temporarily closed, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.