The Powell-based Columbus Zoo and Aquarium recently announced that two white rhinoceros calves have been born at its partner, The Wilds.
“They’re in barns right now,” Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson told The Gazette. She said the public can see them now during a “Winter in the Wilds Tour” in Cumberland, Ohio.
Otherwise, the rhinos won’t go outside until the spring when they get introduced to the rest of the herd.
“They have tons of space to roam free at The Wilds, so that’s something a lot of places can’t offer,” Wilson said.
The Southern white rhino calves, both female and fourth-generation, were born on Nov. 21 and Jan. 3, after a gestation of 16 months. The calves are the 19th and 20th rhinos born at The Wilds since 2004, and the fourth since September. They may grow to weigh 4,000 pounds and 6 feet tall at the shoulder.
According to the zoo, there are five species rhinoceros: “Black and white rhinos are found in Africa and the greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhinos are found in Asia.” All species are in danger due to poaching and habitat loss, and Southern white rhinos were nearly driven to extinction, although the current wild population is about 20,000.
For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.