A Southern white rhino and her calf

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It's no secret that we're awaiting some big arrivals around here! We're all eyes for the two southern white rhino calves due to be born this summer. Victoria and Amani are progressing nicely through their pregnancies. By now, you may be familiar with their story. These two rescued southern white rhinos live at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and are part of a cutting-edge program to save their cousin, the northern white rhino, from extinction.

Thanks to the support of friends like you, we raised $25,000 in 10 days to purchase an indoor/outdoor, state-of-the-art camera system (a “rhino-sized baby monitor”!) for the Rhino Rescue Center. Keepers and veterinarians can now keep an extra-close eye on the mothers and babies around the clock without disturbing them. With this new set-up, keepers can check in on the animals from anywhere in the world, zooming in, panning out, and looking around to check in on moms, babies, and everyone else. We can't thank you enough for helping us install this important system in time for these milestone births. 

Victoria, a southern white rhino and mom-to-be

Victroria, a mom-to-be.

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An ultrasound of Victoria's pregnancy from February 2019.

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, and with the support of donors like you, efforts are underway to bring them back from the brink of extinction. 

Victoria is the first rhino in San Diego Zoo Global's 103-year history to become pregnant through artificial insemination, and Amani is the second. This important first step proves that the science is working—and that hope for the northern white rhino is at our fingertips. Donors like you keep the Rhino Rescue Center running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, making these efforts possible. We can't wait to share baby joy later this summer, when Victoria's calf is due to arrive. Thank you for all you do!

Amani, a pregnat southern white rhino

Amani, a mom-to-be.

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An ultrasound of Amani's pregnancy from February 2019.