Eight weeks ago, Australia Zoo welcomed a new male southern white rhino named Kingston, to its growing family!
After a gestation period of around 16 months, these beautiful rhino calves are born weighing approximately 50kg (110 pounds) and at maturity, they can be more than 3.5 tonnes and stand up to 1.8 metres (5’10) tall.
Africa Keeper, Leah Foster said since Kingston was born, he’s been settling in with his mum, aunties and big sister Carrie.
“Mum, Caballe and baby Kingston are both doing really well. Kingston is already such a confident and outgoing rhino, he has no fear at all. On first meeting his sister Carrie, he had the courage to chase her, even though she’s at least twice his size!
“At the moment, Kingston is still suckling from mum but as the months go on, he will be adding grass to his diet. He is venturing out onto the African Savannah at Australia Zoo every day now, so guests can expect to see this cute guy on their next visit!” Leah said.
Rhinos are really struggling in the wild due to the ongoing threat of poaching and that is why breeding programs like the one at Australia Zoo are incredibly important to ensure their survival for generations to come.
“Kingston is an ambassador for his wild cousins, who are vulnerable to extinction in the wild,” said Leah.
Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors support the conservation of rhino in Africa, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The mistruth that rhino horn has medicinal value means that rhinos continue to be poached in many parts of the world.