Despite its majestic beauty, the rhinoceros is also one of the most vulnerable animals.
Every rhino species is now in danger or in danger of extinction as a result of a variety of threats, including habitat loss and illegal poaching.
A Kansas zoo is celebrating the long-awaited birth of a stunning Indian rhino, giving the species new hope. A new Indian rhino calf has recently arrived at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita, Kansas.
In a press release, the zoo stated that the infant was “healthy and strong” upon arrival and was nursing within hours of birth.
The baby has been given the nickname MJ or Marjon. Its father is Stacks, and Monica, its mother, was the first rhino to be born through artificial insemination.
Although this is Monica’s first child, the zoo claims that she is a natural: Their press release states, “Monica is a new mother but acts like a pro and has been bonding with her rhino baby.”
Throughout the night, she meticulously removed it, and the two of them took a nap together.
“We are excited to see Marjon grow and develop in the coming weeks and months, and both mom and baby are doing great.”
Sierra, one of Monica’s keepers, stated, “We are overjoyed to see Monica and her calf doing so well.”
Except for the two occasions when she used the calf as a pillow, Monica has been doing well as a first-time mother.
But in all seriousness, it’s amazing to see how they get along, and we can’t wait to see MJ develop and discover new places.
After a 462-day gestation period, Marjon was born. That may seem like a long time, but the zoo says that it is the shortest rhino gestation ever, surpassing Monica’s mother’s previous record.
The birth is being celebrated by Tanganyika Wildlife Park as a sign of hope for a rhino species that is in danger of extinction.
Their press release says that the most recent census found 4,014 Indian rhinos worldwide, which is a good thing, but there is still work to be done.
According to the park, MarJon’s birth demonstrates the efficiency of programs to preserve the species through breeding and conservation.
They wrote, “The birth represents the success of conservation efforts and a dedication to preserving the species, with all species of rhinos threatened or endangered.”
The survival of rhinos depends on the efforts of zoos and organizations like the International Rhino Foundation to support endangered species and preserve genetic diversity.
“The birth serves as a reminder that, despite the fact that rhinos are not extinct, they still require our assistance to prevent their extinction,”
Congratulations to Monica, the new mother of this adorable rhino calf, and Tanganyika Wildlife Park! All the best to you!