Encountering a whine rhino family on the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is always one of the highlights of the day. The large lumbering animals are still somehow graceful and definitely powerful.
Unlike the black rhinos earlier in the safari, sometimes the white rhinos are so close to the vehicle you feel like you could reach out and touch them. Of course, follow safety rules and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times please.
One of Disney’s white rhinos recently had her 15 minutes of fame. You may have followed Kendi’s pregnancy story on the Disney+ original series “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” produced by National Geographic.
Kendi had a successful pregnancy with a white rhino calf born last October 2020 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The calf has now been given a name that bestows a special honor.
Due to poaching, white rhinos have long been among the most endangered animals in the world. However, thanks to the conservation park rangers who guided the species through nearly a century of protection, the Southern White Rhino is no longer threatened with extinction.
Kendi’s calf has been named Ranger – in honor of those wildlife rangers who protect rhinos around the world.
In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to see Ranger and his mom, Kendi, when they join the rest of rhino herd on the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna.
As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Disney takes part in the Species Survival Plan overseen by the AZA. This program plays a key role in ensuring the future of thousands of endangered species around the globe.
We hear that Ranger is quite the playful rhino. Which should make for some fun encounters out on the savanna. We’ll be sure to update you when we hear he has made his grand debut to join the crash (a rhino herd).
Which animal on Kilimanjaro Safaris do you look forward to seeing?
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