The world’s been fixated on William and Kate’s new bundle of joy, but did you know that New York has a very special royal baby of its own? The Bronx Zoo is home to a new Indian rhino calf and the addition is now old enough to hold court at the Wild Asia Monorail along with her mom Penny and dad Sanjay. The tiny rhino is the 13th member of her kind to be born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986.
The baby girl, still unnamed, came into the world weighing in at around 120 pounds on April 6th, after the typical sixteen month gestation period. Once full-sized, she will weigh up to 4,000 lbs! The new addition to the Indian rhino family bumps the number of rhinos at the zoo to 56. The rhinos are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program, which is geared towards breeding endangered and threatened species in North American zoos.
The Species Survival Program is important for the longevity of Indian rhinos, as only around 3,000 remain in the wild, mostly in the Kaziranga National Park in India. The rhinos are native to northern India and southern Nepal, but most flock to the Kaziranga, where they are more safe from the hunters and poachers who have been responsible for nearly wiping out the population for their horns. Rhino horns are used for dagger handles or in traditional medicine, spurring the illegal hunting of the large animals, merely for their horns.
Visitors can peep the royal baby from the Wild Asia Monorail, but exhibit times will vary day to day, based on the little tyke’s sleeping schedule.
Images captured from videos on Bronxzoo.com