05 Feb Second Southern White Rhino Born at the Gulf Breeze Zoo
by Katie King |Katie@ewbullock.com
Second Southern White Rhino Born at the Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze, Fla. (February 4, 2021) – The Gulf Breeze Zoo starts 2021 with renewed hope for rhinoceros conservation. As 2020 came to a close, The Zoo’s experienced southern white rhino mother, Katie, welcomed her first son, a healthy calf named Kalibur.
This rare calf made a perfect Christmas present to the dedicated staff overseeing the rhino conservation program, and marks the second white rhino born at the park. Katie also gave birth to a healthy female calf in 2018.
Katie was imported from South Africa in 2012, along with three other white rhinos, to protect them from rampant poaching. To date, this group of imported rhinos has produced eight healthy calves.
In the wild, it is estimated that one rhino is killed every 10 hours for its horn. Rhino gestation is 16 months, resulting in a slow increase in population numbers toward recovery. Therefore, each calf born is a reason to celebrate!
The Gulf Breeze Zoo supports the International Rhino Foundation to help protect rhinos in the wild. The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 900 exotic animals. The Zoo supports wildlife conservation in 135+ countries globally through financial aid, public education, captive breeding, and habitat preservation. The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit www.GBZoo.com for event updates, seasonal hours, and more.
About Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze Zoo is one of three zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks Corporation, working in conjunction with the Alabama Safari Park and the Virginia Safari Park to provide aid to over 135 countries around the world. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Funding for conservation programs are made possible through the continued support of zoo guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.
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