It’s a Boy! Critically Endangered Black Rhino Calf Born at Dubbo Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo is celebrating the start of a male critically endangered Black Rhino calf born on 14th April to mom Kufara utilizing a world-first reproductive therapy for the species.

“This particular start is the results of a global analysis partnership in Black Rhino conservation and represents the fifth calf born into the conservation breeding program for the species within the final eight years,” Black Rhino Supervisor Jennifer Conaghan mentioned. 

“Zookeepers got a uncommon deal with once they truly witnessed the start. Traditionally Southern Black Rhinos right here on the Zoo have been born in a single day after a 14–16-month gestation. This little calf was born ft first at 11.15am in a behind-the-scenes birthing yard.”

Southern Black Rhino calf. CREDIT: Jake Williams

The calf is 13-year-old Kufara’s second calf. Her first calf, Mesi, was born six years in the past in April 2017. With lower than 6,500 Black Rhinos remaining within the wild attributable to habitat loss, and poaching that provides the unlawful rhino horn commerce, the start of this Southern Black Rhino is a crucial one. It additionally shines new gentle on the utmost gestation size the species can expertise, with Kufara’s calf born 490 days after mating, which exceeds that of the longest reported size for Black Rhinos of 486 days.

“We knew precisely when Kufara’s mating occurred, so we had been conserving a really shut eye on her all through and as she approached the tip of her gestation,” mentioned Rhino Keeper Jake Williams.

Kufara and calf. CREDIT: Jake Williams 2

“We ran some exams to verify each mum and calf had been doing effectively, and the very subsequent day Kufara gave start to a wholesome boy. Each mum and calf are doing rather well. Being current to witness the start was a really particular second and one thing we’ll always remember.”

Black Rhinos within the wild usually have a calf each two and a half to 4 years. 

Kufara and calf. CREDIT: Jake Williams

“After Kufara’s first calf grew to become extra unbiased, we re-commenced monitoring of her reproductive cycles and behavior, nevertheless she had bother conceiving,” Taronga’s Supervisor of Conservation Science Dr Justine O’Brien mentioned. 

On the identical time, Taronga’s Conservation Scientists, Veterinarians and Keepers had been endeavor a collaborative rhino analysis program with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and SeaWorld USA’s Species Preservation Lab, together with different conservation companions, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Providers and the Taronga Basis. 

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“Data of the species’ biology generated from this, and former applications, was built-in into Kufara’s medical therapy to handle her infertility,” Dr O’Brien mentioned. 

“This concerned Kufara receiving a sequence of hormone therapies by our veterinary and rhino keeper groups and builds on a multi-decade program of rhino reproductive analysis at Taronga.”

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Each mum and calf proceed to bond behind the scenes and can achieve this for the subsequent couple of months, earlier than making the transfer to the Black Rhino paddock the place they are often seen by the general public.

“Kufara and her calf are each displaying all of the behaviours we need to see at this stage,” Keeper Jake mentioned. 


“The calf is suckling effectively and following mum round. He’s a really assured little calf and appears very curious to find out about every thing in his surroundings.”

The usage of science to help finest apply administration of zoo-based rhino insurance coverage populations kinds a part of the work on the newly opened Taronga Western Plains Zoo Wildlife Hospital. The brand new hospital has been developed to facilitate the very best stage of look after each freeranging and zoo-based animals, in addition to superior reproductive applied sciences aiding within the conservation and breeding of threatened species.


Taronga is a founding member of the Worldwide Rhino Basis, and Taronga Western Plains Zoo is internationally famend for its Black Rhino conservation breeding program. 

Taronga actively helps conservation efforts for wild rhinos in Africa, Indonesia and India, offering funds and help with the Worldwide Rhino Basis for anti-poaching and wildlife safety items, habitat safety and restoration, and experience in veterinary care and replica to make sure all rhino species proceed to outlive within the wild.   

To be taught extra, together with how one can assist, go to https://taronga.org.au/donate

Picture credit: 1—4, Jake Williams; 7—8, Brent Shoard

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