It was a white Christmas at the Toronto Zoo this year!
The Toronto Zoo announced a white Rhino was born by its seven-year-old mother on Christmas Eve. The calf, named Zohari was born at a healthy 62.3 kg and is reported to be doing well. According to their announcement, “mom is very tired but a very calm and protective first-time mom.”
Zahari is said to be eating more than expected, and apparently has hairy ears. The zoo shared this clip of the baby checking out his surroundings accompanied by his mom.
This birth is expecially good news for white rhinoceros conservation, as according to the Toronto Zoo, the species is still listen as Near-Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red list of Threatened Species. There is an estimated 19,682 – 21,077 white Rhinos left in the wild according to the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group 2016.
This is the first white rhino calf to be born at the Toronto zoo since 1990.