Walt Disney World Resort has seen three baby white rhinos born in the last 13 months.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to hundreds of species of animals and the company prides itself on its conservation efforts.
Disney Parks officially introduced the new baby on Twitter with a cute video this Friday and said:
It’s a girl! Say hello to the newest white rhino calf born last month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park!
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 17, 2021
Here’s what Disney Parks’ official blog said about the new baby:
This baby marks the third white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the past 13 months – and the 13th white rhino born at Walt Disney World Resort – which is incredible news for the conservation of this near-threatened species.
Sadly, rhinos in the wild are hunted for their horns, and their populations continue to dwindle. Because of this, rhino births are increasingly important to maintain healthy populations. We are also helping to protect white and black rhinos in the wild through the Disney Conservation Fund, supporting projects focused on habitat monitoring and restoration.
Huge shout-out to our expert veterinarians, scientists and animal keepers for their dedication to the conservation and care for this special species.
Lola’s successful delivery was on the heels of two other births within the past 13 months. In all three births, the calves cozied up to mom right away and began nursing.
Rhinoceros are the world’s second largest land mammal. After a gestation period of 16 to 18 months, white rhinos typically weigh in around 140 pounds at birth. Lola and her new bundle of joy will spend the next several months bonding backstage before joining the rest of the herd on the park’s Harambe Wildlife Reserve. In the meantime, guests can keep an eye out for the first born of these three calves, Ranger, named in honor of the rangers who protect rhinos in the wild, while experiencing Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Lola’s calf joins a happy contingent of baby births this year, including Humphrey the Masai giraffe, Greta the hippo, and Ada the western lowland gorilla, just to name a few. All told, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has welcomed everything from the tiniest insects and snails to mammoth-hoofed creatures like the white rhino.
Lola and her baby will spend the next few months bonding and then will eventually move to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
For more information on Disney’s conservation efforts and how the team cares for all these animals, check out The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which can be streamed on Disney+.
In other related news, did you know that a Disney Guest recently jumped out the vehicle on Kilimanjaro Safaris to retrieve their cell phone?
What is your favorite animal to spot on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?