Baby Southern White Rhinoceros playing in the mud (videos)
And now for your daily dose of cuteness, here's a baby White Southern Rhino learning to wallow in the mud by imitating her mother. The calf is named Anna and was born on April 6, after 16 months of gestation, at LionCountry in Florida, weighting 155 lbs.
She was named Anna in honor of rhino conservationist Anna Merz, who died on April 4th. "Merz was one of the founders of The Lewa Conservancy which was started to help save and conserve the Rhinos of Kenya and has grown to help conserve many species of birds and mammals in Africa."
LionCountry writes: "Lion Country Safari is home to 14 White Rhinos – 11 females and 3 males. Since 1979, Lion Country Safari has had 33 rhino offspring. We are pleased with our success as a participant in the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)."
White rhinos are considered "Near Threatened" on the IUCN Red List. According to Wikipedia:
As of 31 December 2007, there were an estimated 17,480 southern white rhino in the wild (IUCN 2008), making them the most abundant subspecies of rhino in the world. South Africa is the stronghold for this subspecies (93.0%), conserving 16,255 individuals in the wild in 2007 (IUCN 2008). There are smaller reintroduced populations within the historical range of the species in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, while a small population survives in Mozambique. Populations have also been introduced outside of the former range of the species to Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.