The birth of a baby white rhino at the San Diego Zoo is a cause for celebration. The San Diego Zoo just welcomed the birth of a lovely newborn white rhino, and conservationists are keeping their fingers crossed that this may be a sign of good news for his endangered cousins.
According to a news release from the San Diego Zoo, the unnamed rhino calf was born on August 6 to first-time mother Livia and father J Gregory. The birth was announced in the news release.
According to the workers at the zoo, the newborn is “healthy, confident, and full of activity.” They also claim that Livia is a wonderful mother who is highly attentive and protective of her offspring.
The southern white rhinoceros and the northern white rhinoceros are the two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The Southern White Rhinoceros, of which this youngster is a member, is classified as “Near Threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The IUCN estimates that there are approximately 10,000 southern white rhinos still living in their natural habitat.
Poaching for horns and other body parts has caused the northern cousins of this species to suffer a population decline that has been catastrophic. Poachers have targeted these animals for their horns.
There are only two northern white rhinos left on the planet, and they are a mother and daughter who live in a conservation area in Kenya. Both of them have never been successful in carrying a pregnancy to term.
This is where Livia, the mother of the recently born calf at the San Diego Zoo, comes into play. Due to the fact that she delivered a healthy baby, the veterinarians are considering the possibility of using her in the future to carry an embryo of a northern white rhino.
According to the release, “Livia is now among the female rhinos at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center who could potentially serve in the future as a surrogate mother to a northern white embryo.” “Livia is now among the female rhinos at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center who could potentially serve in the future as a surrogate
The Northern White Rhino Initiative at the San Diego Zoo intends to use cutting-edge reproductive technologies in the event that they are successful in their mission to avert the extinction of the species.
The zoo also houses what is known as a “frozen zoo,” which is a cryobank that maintains reproductive cells and embryos from approximately 1,000 different species, among which are 12 cell lines of northern white rhinos.
According to the press release, these cell lines may one day be utilized in the production of northern white rhino sperm and egg cells, which would ultimately result in embryos that may be placed in surrogate moms such as Livia.
The zoo emphasizes that “all rhino births are remarkable” in their statement.