White rhino poised to charm visitors to Al Ain zoo


Visitors will soon be able to see a baby southern white rhino at Al Ain Zoo.

The baby rhino was born at the zoo eight months ago. A zoo spokesperson said The National that after birth he was put with his mother in a separate barn to bond.

“But now that he’s grown old enough, he’s been sent to join the group of other rhinos.”

At Al Ain Zoo, a group of 11 rhinos – five males and six females – are housed in exhibition areas dedicated to animals that reproduce their natural African habitat.

Officials said the zoo provides an environment as close as possible to the natural habitats in which wild rhinos live.

It also has a team of veterinarians and animal care specialists to take care of the animals.

The eight-month-old rhino will be introduced slowly so that it integrates with other animals.

This training usually takes place in a separate area for the safety of the specialist and the animals.

The introduction of the newborn rhino is part of the zoo’s programs to breed and increase the numbers of this endangered species, which is included in the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Southern white rhinos have been at the zoo since 2008 as part of its conservation program.

Worldwide, the number of near-threatened animals is a major achievement, making a comeback in recent years with populations reaching around 21,000.

The zoo sponsors several species conservation programs around the world in collaboration with other scientific organizations, zoos and governments.

It conducts research on the conservation, breeding and preservation of several endangered species, and refers some to their natural habitats.

It has partnered with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to support the protection and conservation of wild black and white rhinos.

He helps Lewa track each rhino to protect them from poachers, monitor their health, and conduct important research.

Al Ain Zoo is home to around 4,000 animals, with over 200 species.

On October 11, it was announced that two newborn giraffes raised at the zoo would be relocated to the emirate’s safari park near Jebel Hafeet.

The animals of Al Ain zoo in pictures

Update: October 28, 2021 11:40 a.m.


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