Blair Drummond’s three Southern White rhino, Graham, Jane and Dorothy,
arrived at the park in September 2003 from a reserve in South Africa, where the three
were born in 2000.
Since their arrival, we have seen the construction of our new Rhino House which opened in
September 2007 and we have seen the birth of two calves; firstly Mazumba who was born on 24th August 2007, then her sister Ailsa who was born 21st December 2009 both to mum Dorothy or Dot.
These photos were taken while the Rhino House was being built
The park houses and breeds Southern white rhino as part of a European-wide breeding programme. Unfortunately these animals are classed as Near Threatened in the wild by IUCN Red List; with currently only 17,500 Southern white rhino remaining in the wild. Their main threat is poaching for their horn which can be used in Traditional Chinese Medicines; it can also be used in some luxury and ornamental products.
Keepers weight training Ailsa, our rhino calf
Rhino are pregnant for approximately 16 months, and will calve every 2 to 3 years. Mother rhinos will naturally start to drive their calf away at the age of about 2 ½ years, as the mother will be expecting her next calf. This is therefore an important element to occur in captivity to ensure the success of the breeding programme. So on 22nd April 2010 Blair Drummond had to say a farewell to Mazumba as she was moved to Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands, as part of the European wide breeding programme.
Mazumba safely arrived in Beekse Bergen Safari Park, the Netherlands
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