Toronto Zoo Welcomes Indian Rhino Calf

This is the first Indian rhino to be born at the zoo since 1999.

Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is pleased to announce that their 11 year old female rhinoceros Ashakiran, gave birth to a male calf on Wednesday, February 17 at 9:40pm. This is the first Indian rhino to be born at the zoo since 1999.

A rhinoceros' gestation period lasts 425-496 days (approximately 16 months) and this is the first surviving calf for Ashakiran and Vishnu, the 12 year old male rhino. As of mid-January, Ashakiran, affectionately known as "Asha", was moved from public viewing to a maternity area where she is being monitored closely. While the calf appears healthy and feeding well, the first 30 days will be critical for both mom and calf. Zoo staff continue to closely monitor them both. Please note that they are not visible to the public at this time.

Indian rhinos are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN with approximately only 2,000 left in the wild. The Toronto Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this species and aims to establish and maintain a healthy, genetically diverse populations, and supports conservation efforts in the wild through the Toronto Zoo Endangered Species Reserve Fund.

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