Colchester Zoo are delighted to confirm that after 16 months and 8 days, on the evening of Saturday 4th January Emily a White rhino gave birth to a healthy female calf.
The Animal Care Team were aware that Emily was due to give birth sometime in December or January, therefore have had around the clock CCTV on Emily so they could ensure they were available when she went into labour. All went smoothly as with her previous births and the calf is strong and healthy with mum doing really well too. Emily’s calf took a little while to find her feet but was up and moving around within a few hours and has been feeding well. Emily is an experienced mum and so is taking it all in her stride.
Emily and calf will remain in the indoor area of the rhino house to start with but on warmer days may be given access to the outdoor hardstands. As the calf grows she will gradually be introduced to the main paddock and her neighbours living at Kingdom of the Wild. In the meantime, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the youngster from the outdoor viewing area depending on the weather, or via the balcony inside the Kingdom of the Wild building overlooking the indoor area and hardstands. We also have our Rhino Cam which is visible from the top viewing area inside the Kingdom of the Wild building!
The Animal Care Team are waiting to name the calf until she is a little older once they get to know her personality but African name suggestions are welcomed. We will be sure to keep you up to date with her progress over the coming weeks.
White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, this is due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade, so this adorable calf is brilliant news for the conservation of this magnificent species.
Visit Colchester Zoo’s website and social media to see a video of the new arrival and to keep up to date with her progress!