Buffalo Zoo announced the birth of a healthy 130-pound one-horned calf.
The birth was a huge success for the One-horned Rhino Survival Plan, which has produced five calves at the Buffalo Zoo for over 17 years.
Born to mother Tashi, the recent born child is her fifth and her first child with father George.
After testing from the zoo’s veterinary and animal care units, the mother and child were confirmed to be healthy.
George was transferred to a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as part of a survival plan.
The purpose of this is to maintain stable and genetically diverse captive populations of vulnerable species.
The zoo wrote in a Facebook post: ‘Starting the week with good baby news! On Saturday, at 3:29 a.m., our greater one-horned rhino Tashi gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! ”
“Over the next few weeks, our team will be closely monitoring Tashi and the calf, but for now, mother and baby are doing very well.”
‘Tashi’s pregnancy was based on recommendations from the One-horned Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSP’s are designed to maintain stable and genetically diverse populations of captive species. ‘
‘The calf and Tashi will continue to bond behind the scenes for the next few weeks. We will be sharing all our social media updates, so be sure to share, like, and follow! ‘
This is great news for species that have only been moved from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ in the last few years.