Amani, a southern white rhino, and her calf, a little girl

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Breaking News: It’s a Girl!

Another Exciting Arrival at the Rhino Rescue Center

Amani, a southern white rhino who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, has had her baby! Amani’s calf, a little girl, arrived last Thursday, November 21, 2019. She is the 188th rhino born at the Safari Park and the 100th southern white rhino born in our care. She’s also the second southern white rhino delivered through artificial insemination in North America, and both calves call the Safari Park home.

After a 16-month pregnancy, Amani’s labor was quick and calm. Animal care specialists were with her and quickly filled her maternity area with cushions of hay, creating a private nursery for mom and baby. They were joined by veterinarians, and stood by her side, waiting to welcome the newest member of the San Diego Zoo Global family. Born at 12:46 a.m. and weighing 132 pounds, she’s the sweetest little bundle of joy we could’ve hoped for. Amani and her baby bonded quickly and both are doing well.

Amani and her calf, a little girl, are resting and bonding

Amani and her calf, a little girl, are resting and bonding in the special maternity area of the barn at the Rhino Rescue Center.

Another Conservation Milestone

Decades of poaching have taken their toll on rhinos worldwide, but the northern white rhino has suffered worst of all. With only two left on the entire planet, we’re working to save them before it’s too late.

Through generous support from friends like you, we built the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the Safari Park. At this one-of-a-kind sanctuary, we’re combining cutting-edge science, groundbreaking technology, and more than 100 years of world-class animal care expertise to save these iconic animals from extinction. Amani’s new calf, along with Edward—the first southern white rhino born through artificial insemination at the Safari Park in July—prove that our surrogacy program is working and that hope for these gentle giants is at our fingertips. They are miraculous steps forward in our global effort to save species and end extinction.

Imagine! A herd of northern white rhinos at the Safari Park . . . and their eventual return to the wild. It’s not just a dream, it’s the goal for our team of experts and conservation scientists. And it’s not just our goal for white rhinos, but for all rhinos.

Made Possible By Friends Like You

As our team continues to develop new methods to save these magnificent animals from extinction—and care for our growing herd of rhinos at the Rhino Rescue Center—Amani and her calf will continue to receive around-the-clock care from our team of specialists while they bond with one another and catch up on some much-needed rest! Follow their journey from wherever you are.

On behalf of all of us San Diego Zoo Global, thank you for your continued support. Miracles like these, and the future of conservation, 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!