Posted on 04/08/2019 at 08:37 PM by Ryan Bickel
Ayana, the eastern black rhino at Blank Park Zoo, gave birth on April 5, 2019 to a 112 pound female calf. Ayana’s water broke at 2:45 p.m., and birth occurred at 4:24 p.m. By 5:40 p.m., the calf was standing and walking and she started nursing by 6:35 p.m.– all signs of a healthy baby rhino calf. The calf’s first neonatal exam occurred on Sunday and confirmed she is much larger at birth than her sister - 112 pounds (compared to Tumani who was 80 pounds at birth), female and fully developed.
Blank Park Zoo veterinarians and zookeepers explain the birth and neonatal exam.
She is spending quality time and bonding with mom currently, so you can't see her at the Zoo just yet. We will let you know as soon as you can.
Rhinos are critically endangered and we are happy that there is one more rhino. Learn more about rhino conservation in the video below.