Adorable Southern White Rhino Born At Knowsley Safari Park

There’s an adorable new addition to the animal family at Merseyside’s Knowsley Safari - a rare baby southern white rhinoceros. Staff at the Merseyside tourist attraction is asking for the public’s help to give her a name – with Amara ahead in the early voting. This adorable youngster was born on 23rd October, to mum Meru, following a gestation period of 18 months - one of the longest in the animal world. She gave birth to the last baby rhino to be born at Knowsley Safari back in 2018 and will nurse her new calf for around a year. This latest addition to Knowsley Safari’s rhino crash is the 22nd to be born there. Chris Smart, Knowsley Safari’s Animal Operations Manager, said: "We’re thrilled to welcome a new baby rhino to the world especially so as we had thought that the pregnancy may not have progressed. She came as a very welcome surprise to us all.”. Southern white rhinos remain under threat from poaching for their horns. There are just under 16,000 left in the wild today making them “near threatened” on the IUCN red list of endangered animals.