While Aquila Private Game Reserve staff and visitors are still relishing in the recent birth of a healthy white rhino calf born just three short weeks ago – the reserve staff were thrilled to discover a rather unexpected new addition to the crash.
A new calf, born during the daylight hours of Sunday 17 December, comes with yet another truly unique story.
Female white rhinos are pregnant for approximately 16 months and give birth to only one calf. The calves are weaned at around two years of age and will stay with their mother until they are about three years old. The mother of a calf is not likely to mate with a male until her calf has left her to pursue its own life of independence.
The surprise newborn, whose gender is still to be determined, is the second calf to the cow, who gave birth to her first calf on 16 December 2015 – almost two years ago to the day. Her first calf, a healthy female, was still walking with her right up until Sundays surprise birth and for the hours preceding the arrival of her new sibling.
“It has been a remarkable few years for the rhino population at Aquila”, says owner Searl Derman. Constantly under the watchful eye of the sophisticated and experienced Anti-Poaching Unit, the increasingly thriving and growing crash is something that Aquila is proud of, as it forms a major part of the conservation initiatives ensuring the strengthening of the gene pool and ultimately the survival of the species.