It’s a baby boom at White Oak Conservation: Two rhinos were born weeks apart this winter and are being raised at the 17,000-acre wildlife refuge.
Tidbit is fed a milk matched to rhinos’ milk, which includes skim and 1 percent cows’ milk. Hand-raised animals are often more at risk for medical challenges while young, so the veterinarians and animal teams at White Oak are paying extra attention to Tidbit’s development and weight gain.
Recently, Tidbit got a newborn, critically endangered mountain bongo calf as a buddy. Both animals will live together while they are young and benefit from each other.
Kali is a greater one-horned rhino, also known as an Indian rhino. Kali was the first calf for her mother, Shomili, who came to White Oak two years ago from San Diego.
Tidbit, the first southern black rhino born at White Oak in 13 years.
With large habitats surrounded by almost 17,000 acres of quiet forest, White Oak provides a protected home in the northeast corner of Florida.
Rhinos first came to White Oak in 1985. Black rhinos from Zimbabwe were brought to White Oak in 1993.
White Oak manages its rhino species as a critical part of collaborative species conservation plans. These plans guide White Oak and its partners as they support conservation efforts.
White Oak Conservation works to save endangered species and wild places. White Oak leads global conservation through innovative science, education.
Tidbit was born in early November, he was underweight and too small to reach his mother to nurse.
Southern black rhinos like Tidbit are native to Africa and are classified as “critically endangered” in the wild.
About every eight hours a rhino is killed for its horns, which are in high demand as status symbols.