Into The Fold

May 01, 2018
Crash of nearly-extinct Southern Rhinoceroses grows as a calf was recently given birth to at Al Ain Zoo

Last month saw the birth of a new Southern White Rhinoceros at Al Ain Zoo. It was named Sudan after the late male Northern White Rhino which died in March in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, leaving behind two female rhinos.

The naming choices for Al Ain Zoo’s newborns come inline with its mission to spread environmental awareness by highlighting the importance of nature preservation and biodiversity conservation. Earlier last year, the zoo named a female Southern White Rhino “Nola” after the female Southern White Rhino that died two years ago in San Diego Zoo.

Al Ain Zoo frst raised the Southern White Rhino in 2008, starting with fve members that have reproduced within natural breeding programmes under the most optimal healthcare conditions, growing their number to a total of 10 males and females.

Al Ain Zoo, in an effort to conserve wildlife, signed a cooperation agreement in 2013 with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. This opportunity gives support for some projects and feld studies on the observation and study of four animal species: elephants, antelopes, lions, and rhinos. This experiment is part of a series of partnerships between both parties that provide support, feld research, animal management, medical care and a safe environment for animals in their natural habitat.
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