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Southern White Rhino calf born at Monarto Safari Park
Monarto Safari Park is celebrating the safe arrival of a newborn rhino calf - the seventh born to Umqali. The pair are currently in the Boma area.
Senior Ungulate Keeper Mark Mills said the team had been anticipating the birth for the last few weeks and noted that hormonal signs showed that Umqali was “close to giving birth and on Wednesday afternoon she was noticeably vocal towards the other female rhinos who rightly gave her the space she needed.
“We are so happy that she has arrived safely and so far all the signs are very positive. She is standing well, feeding and both mother and calf appear calm and relaxed.”
Monarto Safari Park Director Peter Clark said the newborn calf was a significant arrival for a species which is threatened with extinction, adding that the calf would play an important role in Zoos SA’s efforts to boost its insurance population.
“A little Southern White Rhinoceros is a big reason for celebration. Nearly ten thousand animals have been lost to poaching in the wild in just the last 10 years with numbers surviving now thought to be less than 15,000.
“Zoos SA is working with The Australian Rhino Project and other partners to bring a rhino sanctuary to life at Monarto Safari Park. The project will see more Southern White Rhinos relocated from Africa to Monarto Safari Park in 2022.
Clark adds “this calf will play her part in helping to ensure the survival of White rhinos by boosting the numbers of animals held safely in Australia and New Zealand. We hope Monarto will eventually become home for up to 40 rhino, most of which will live in our new and very large Wild Africa safari experience area. This sanctuary will create a viable rhino insurance population outside of Africa should the species become extinct.
“We hope South Australians will visit Monarto Safari Park to welcome our newest addition and in doing so support Zoos SA with this critical project and other vital conservation programs.”
Monarto Safari Park is home to six Southern White Rhinos - two males, three females and the newest addition – all of whom are proudly supported by partners Beach Energy.
Monarto Safari Park reopened to the public on 29th June with a restriction on the number of visitors due to COVID-19.
All members and visitors are requested to book their tickets online at www.monartosafari.com.au/tickets/.
Image credit Zoos SA/Geoff Brooks).
29th June 2020 - Monarto Safari Park reopens after 14-week COVID closure
15th June 2020 - Zoos SA announce reopening of Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park
11th November 2019 - Monarto Safari Park to introduce new cooling systems for summer
2nd June 2020 - Zoos SA unable to reopen under current suggested restrictions
3rd April 2020 - Zoos SA launch live streaming keeper talks
23rd January 2020 - Zoos SA plans wildlife recovery strategies following bushfires
14th February 2019 - Zoos SA look to keep giant pandas in Adelaide
20th February 2015 - Zoos SA releases plans for new wildlife experiences at Adelaide and Monarto Zoos
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