140-Pound Baby: White Rhino Born at Busch Gardens


What weighs 140 pounds at birth and gains four pounds every day till she reaches nearly 4,000 pounds? The new baby white rhino, born Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

The adorable little girl is the second one born to mother Kisiri, and the seventh calf born to father Tambo. This is wonderful news because fewer than 15,000 white rhinos remain in the wild.

To give you a little background on the mommy and daddy rhino, they were both airlifted right off the plains of Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2001 through the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation. SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund alone has donated $194,000 to rhino conservation projects and has granted $7 million to more than 500 additional projects around the world since its inception in 2003.

This is the seventh baby rhino born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay since 2004. Congratulations and we can't wait to see her on the Serengeti Plain.


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