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Monarto Safari Park's Rhino Calf Explores the Big Wide World

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: August 6, 2020 12:30 pm

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The rhino calf standing in the exhibit

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

A southern white rhino calf at Monarto Safari Park has taken its first steps in to the wider world as she was given the chance to explore the main rhino enclosure for the first time.

For the two weeks since the calf was born she has been bonding off display with mother, Umqali.

“Mum and calf have bonded well and the calf is looking healthy, so it was time to let her explore the exhibit area and meet the other female rhinos Savannah and Uhura,” said keeper Mark Mills.

“We opened the gates to the main exhibit for mum and bub and watched in awe as the two jogged out into the paddock without so much as a look behind them.”

“Mum Umqali was seen asserting her dominance over the other female rhinos and making sure that they kept their distance.”

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The rhino calf showing off his zooming skills

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

While off display the calf has been practicing her zoomies as we shared in a video last week. You can see that here – Monarto Safari Park’s Rhino Calf Gets the Zoomies.

She’s continued her zoomies on exhibit as Mills explained, “The little female calf loves to zoom and then quickly dart back to her mum.”

“We have no doubt that this little one will bring a lot of delight to visitors and help to educate them about the plight of the Southern White Rhino in the wild – we can’t wait for the public to see her.”

“This little rhino is a big star – she really is a ray of hope for her threatened species,” finished Mark.

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The rhino calf meeting the other females who call Monarto home

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

The rhino calf can now be seen by visitors both from the viewing area and the zu-loop bus.

You can read our article on the calf’s birth here – Monarto Safari Park Welcomes Baby Southern White Rhino.

Learn more about the southern white rhino Southern White Rhino Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Monarto Safari Park on their website – Monarto Safari Park

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