GRANT PARK — Andazi, a 7-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, gave birth to a calf late evening August 17, 2013. The new arrival is the first black rhino born in Zoo Atlanta’s more than 124-year history.
The calf appears to be healthy and Andazi is providing appropriate maternal care, according to the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams, who continue to monitor the pair closely. The newborn, who does not yet have its species’ signature horn, will have an opportunity to bond with its mother behind the scenes before meeting Zoo Members and guests.
“We couldn’t be more delighted about this birth. Not only is this a first for Zoo Atlanta, going all the way back to our founding in 1889, but this is a critically endangered species that absolutely deserves the spotlight right now,” said Raymond B. King, president and chief exective of Zoo AtlantaCEO. “We hope that as we watch the calf grow up, we can spark new connections with wildlife that desperately need our support.”
— Keisha Hines for Zoo Atlanta.