Taronga Western Plains Zoo set the stage for the debut of a 7-week-old black rhino. The female calf, Sabi, weighs around 245 lbs.
To make her appearance, she walked alongside mother Bakhita. The baby named Sabi trailed behind her mother as she officially came into the public eye on Wednesday.
The name given to Sabi is that of a native Zimbabwe flower. This flower blooms after droughts. Making them rare, just like the baby rhino.
Her birth is a crucial one as there are lesser than 6,000 black rhinos left in the world.
The baby rhino’s keeper Hayley Brooks said in a press release, “Sabi Star has been very alert on the exhibit paddock and seemed to notice unfamiliar faces, sounds and people when she first went out. She listened and watched intently but took comfort and direction from her experienced mum.” Certainly, an attentive little girl.
Sabi is Bakhita’s fourth calf, thus, the mother has plenty of experience and knows what she’s doing.
The baby black rhino has already learnt how to wallow in the mud. This process is an essential one as it helps maintain their body temperatures and keeps their skin healthy. Additionally, she has started to eat solid foods such as bananas, sweet potatoes and carrots.
Black rhinos are the smaller of the two African species of rhinos. Moreover, a standout feature of these rhinos is that they have a hooked upper lip. They are browsers, and their hooked lip helps them eat leaves off of bushes and trees.
Currently, the black African rhinos are critically endangered.
Rhinos play a vital role in countries like Namibia in terms of their habitats. Furthermore, they also add to the country’s source of income through ecotourism.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the only zoo in Australia which is breeding black rhinos currently. Resulting in excitement attached to the birth of Sabi. So, being a female, she will likely help continue the zoo’s efforts in the future.
Above all, the only job the baby rhino will be doing right now is having fun in the sun and cooling down from time to time.