94th southern white rhino calf born at San Diego Zoo

A three-day-old southern white rhino calf goes horn-to-nub with her auntie.

A three-day-old female southern white rhino calf bravely went horn-to-nub with her “auntie,” an adult female rhino named Utamu (pronounced O-ta-moo), early on Oct. 16, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The calf, named Kianga (pronounced Key-AN-ga), which means sunshine in Swahili, was born Oct. 13 to mom, Kacy, and father, Maoto (pronounced May-O-toe). Keepers report mom is fairly tolerant of the other rhinos being curious about her baby, but she tries to keep them at a distance. Given that Kianga seems to be quite rambunctious and is a very curious little calf, keepers say mom will have her work cut out for her.

Estimated to weigh around 120 pounds, the little ungulate with big feet will nurse from her mother for up to 12 months; she is expected to gain about 100 pounds a month for the first year. When full grown, at around three years of age, she could weigh 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.

There are an estimated 18,000 southern white rhinos remaining in the wild. The southern white rhino is classified as “near threatened” due to poaching threats and illegal use of rhino horn. Kianga is the 94th southern white rhino calf born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The little rhino, her mother and their crash can best be seen roaming their East Africa habitat from the Park’s Africa Tram Safari or a Caravan Safari.

— San Diego Zoo press release