Second Rare Rhino Born At Lion Country Safari In 2021 Bolsters Conservation Efforts
Lion Country Safari welcomed a male Southern White Rhinoceros calf to its herd on November 17th, 2021, the second calf born at the park this year. He is a significant contribution to the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan, a national collaboration to save the imperiled species from extinction. Both the calf, named Josh, and mom are spending some quality time bonding together in a maternity area, which is visible to guests from their cars in the drive-through safari.
Lion Country Safari is home to 15 White Rhinos – 11 females and 4 males and is a proud participant of the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Zoo’s Heard Continues To Grow With Addition Of Baby Kudu
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is excited to welcome female kudu calf, Kali meaning lively or energetic in Swahili. The kudu calf was born on October 14th to greater kudu mother Mara. This is Mara’s third calf. She has two other daughters, Ikenna and Zahara, who are also a part of the Zoo’s herd. The animals can be seen in African Adventure, a 13-acre exhibit that transports Zoo guest to an African savanna.
Greater kudu are considered Least Concern by the IUCN and can be found all over sub-Saharan Africa. They love scrubland or the savannas and are primarily browsers. Threats to kudu include human encroachment into their habitats for charcoal burning and hunting pressures.