Newest baby Southern White Rhino ‘Future’ can now be seen by anyone visiting San Diego Zoo Safari Park
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Southern White Rhino born November, 2019 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park can now be seen by anyone visiting the park.
“Future” is San Diego Zoo Global’s 100th southern white rhino born at the Safari Park, and she is only the second calf in North America to be born following hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination. Her name celebrates these monumental milestones—and the hope she brings to the future of rhino conservation worldwide.
Future’s birth by artificial insemination represents a critical step in the organization’s ongoing work to develop the scientific knowledge required to genetically recover the northern white rhino, a distant subspecies of the southern white rhino. Only two northern white rhinos currently remain on Earth and, unfortunately, both are female.
On any given day, visitors to the Safari Park may be able to see one or more of the southern white rhinos living at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center—including Future and Amani—from the Africa Tram. Future will eventually be introduced to the other rhinos living at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, including her potential playmate, 4-month-old Edward—the first calf born at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, and the first in North America conceived through artificial insemination.
KUSI’s Allie Wagner spent the morning in Escondido hanging out with the new calf, Future.