This is the first successful artificial birth of a southern white rhino in North America.
In the new world we live in, this is considered an important step in saving another rhino species from extinction.
San Diego Zoo Global announced that the mother Victoria gave birth on Sunday to a healthy southern white rhino male calf in the barn at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after 30 minutes of labor.
Victoria was artificially inserted with semen with frozen semen from a southern white rhino Maoto in March 2018 following hormone-induced ovulation. Victoria carried her calf for over a year — 493 days. Mother and calf will remain off exhibit to the public to allow them time to bond for now.
The calf will eventually be introduced to the other five female rhinos at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. There is another rhino named Amania that is pregnant through artificial insemination and she’s due to give birth in September or October.