VIDEO: Humphrey the baby rhino crashes onto the scene
A baby white rhino has joined the rest of its herd, or ‘crash’, at Australia Zoo.
A WHITE RHINO born at Australia Zoo in October last year has joined the rest of its crash on the zoo’s ‘African savannah’.
At just four months old, the baby rhino, called Humphrey, has already gained 200kg.
Australia Zoo’s Head Keeper for ‘Africa’, Manu Ludden, said that the whole Africa crew is excited that Humphrey has finally joined the rest of the crash. “Humphrey’s birth was a significant milestone in our global breeding program and efforts to highlight the plight of rhino populations under threat in the wild so it’s a real pleasure to be a part of his growth,” she said.
Australia Zoo’s African savannah is the only multispecies enclosure in Queensland, and is home to giraffes, rhinos and zebras.
White rhinos are the second largest land mammal after the elephant, with adult males reaching up to 1.85m in height weighing up to 3.6 tonnes. Females are considerably smaller but can still weigh up to 1.7 tonnes.
The white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is listed on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened, with poaching the species’ major threat.