Victoria, a Southern White Rhino at the San Diego Safari-Park gave birth to a healthy male calf thanks to artificial insemination, making history.
San Diego, United States of America – Last month, history was made at the San Diego Safari-Park thanks to the successful birth of a southern white rhino calf. This was the first rhino born following hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination.
Victoria, their female southern white, gave birth to a healthy little boy at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Centre. The zoo shared their happy news on Facebook along with an adorable video of the calf spending time with mom.
“All of us at San Diego Zoo Global are elated with the arrival of this special rhino calf,” said Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., Henshaw endowed director of Reproductive Sciences, San Diego Zoo Global.
“We are so pleased Victoria and the calf are doing well. She is very attentive to her baby, and the calf is up and walking, and nursing frequently. Not only are we thankful for a healthy calf, but this birth is significant, as it also represents a critical step in our effort to save the northern white rhino from the brink of extinction.”
Now the zoo has announced that the little calf has been named Edward. They also shared a video of the moment he graced the Earth with his presence.
People are ecstatic to be able to watch the blessed birth of Edward, something that is rarely seen in the wild. Take a look at Edwards birth below.