Posted on April 8, 2019 at 8:37 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.
The public was given the chance to submit and vote on names for the calf. After over 2700 votes, the name chosen was Kamara, which means 'moonlight'.
Blank Park Zoo veterinarians and zookeepers explain the birth and neonatal exam.
Update: keepers have opened the rhino barn to the public and you can see her daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rhinos are critically endangered and we are happy that there is one more rhino. Learn more about rhino conservation in the video below.