Get ready for all the “oohs” and “awws” because there’s a new baby white rhino at Animal Kingdom.
A big part of what makes Animal Kingdom a special place is its role in Disney’s conservation efforts for endangered, threatened, and near-threatened species. With the birth of the third baby white rhino at Animal Kingdom in the last 13 months, those efforts are clearly paying dividends. Especially in cuteness.
Baby White Rhino Born in November, Already Up and at ‘Em
On Friday, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Director of Animal and Science Operations Scott Terrell announced the new birth over at Disney Parks Blog. Lola, one of Animal Kingdom’s beautiful white rhinos, gave birth to a healthy female calf back in November.
In the weeks since, mama Lola and her new baby have been bonding and will continue to for months to come. According to Terrell, they’re thriving under the care of Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team.
As you can see in the picture above, the as-yet-unnamed baby is already living it up, happily galloping and playing close to her mom. The cuteness, it is off the charts.
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Lola’s Calf Third New Baby White Rhino Born at Animal Kingdom
There’s been a lot of off-the-charts cuteness to go around lately. This new baby is the third white rhino born at Animal Kingdom in 13 months as well as the 13th born at Walt Disney World Resort.
Don’t let the number 13 scare you: That’s terrific news for the species, which is near-threatened due to poachers. The Disney Conservation Fund is committed to preserving and growing the white rhino population as well as black rhinos.
Latest Birth Caps Busy Year at Animal Kingdom
There’s also been a lot of other cuteness going around Animal Kingdom in 2021. The park has introduced tons of new friends throughout the year. This year alone, Animal Kingdom welcomed Humphrey the Masai giraffe, Greta the hippo, and Ada the western lowland gorilla among other new stars.
And speaking of stars, expect to see Lola and her new baby out with the white rhino herd at Harambe Wildlife Preserve in 2022. They’ll be bonding for several more months.
Want a chance at possibly getting a peek at this big ol’ bundle of joy? Great timing! Disney has announced the return of the Up Close with Rhinos tour next year.
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